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The UAE’s ranking in the world press freedom index has fallen by more than 15 places since 2008. Why?

October 21, 2009 1:38 by

ADMC filed a complaint in June this year against the website for publishing an article titled “Abu Dhabi TV: a UAE television by name only,”  written by Inas al-Bourini, the owner of the website on May 4. The suit filed against Bourini and his editor, Ahmed Mohamed bin Gharib, claimed that the article was defamatory, insulting and humiliating. The article said that there was “administrative corruption” and “embezzlement” within the company; it also criticized the station’s programs.

The defendants filed an appeal against the verdict, which was first heard in an Abu Dhabi court on October 12.

“Inas Al- Bourini and Ahmed Mohamed bin Gharib were the victims of false allegations because they wrote about corruption,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the appeal judge to reconsider the lower court’s verdict and to allow the accused to defend their case properly.”

Interestingly, the ADMC- case barely received any coverage in the English media in the country.

Despite its growing importance in the world economy, the UAE is still largely perceived as a closed society: around 73 percent of the respondents to a Kipp’s poll conducted in April 2009 said that there is no freedom of speech in the country.

Do you agree that the media is muted here?

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  1. Beyond on October 22, 2009 6:35 am

    I do agree that the media is very much muted here. and thank you Aarti for sharing these information as I think you were brave enough to write about it.

  2. Justic on October 23, 2009 8:25 pm

    UAE & Dubai in particular is shooting itself in the foot for covering the truth and mistakes by government officials. Its high time dubai officials statrted respecting the foreign investors and their basic rights. There are hundreds of cases of fraud by government companies and ruling family companies but the very authorities in charge of investigating such fraud are covering them up. It is realy sad that there is double standards ina country which pretends to be fair and transparent.


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