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UAE: The Times back on stands

The Times of London was available throughout the UAE on Monday after...

November 30, 2009 11:33 by

The Times of London was available throughout the UAE on Monday after having its Sunday edition banned from newsstands across the country on November 29, Zawya Dow Jones reports. The Sunday Times was banned for its illustration of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, sinking in debt.

An official at the National Media Council (NMC) in Abu Dhabi said the illustration was “offensive.”

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  1. Michael W on December 1, 2009 6:23 am

    If this report is accurate, then I am saddened by it. It is essential that Dubai and its leaders embraces criticism, examines it and then choose to either ignore or take some of it onboard.

    Dubai has spent billions, in one way or another, promoting the emirate and pushing Dubai onto the world stage : it must be mature enough to take the good and the bad iviews of others in the position it has now created for itself.

    Nobody can take away the enormous success that Dubai has become and a few bumps, even big ones, along the way is only to be expected. Dubai and its leaders should be revelling in what they have achieved.

  2. Andrew on December 1, 2009 7:41 am

    It’s their ball and they’re taking it home, whether you like it or not Michael.

  3. Moira on December 1, 2009 11:52 am

    Unfortunately the UK media is expert at building up and then knocking down, with the attitude of the bigger they are the harder they fall whether it be a country, city or individual. All media stories, whatever country they are from need to be taken in context, after all do good stories sell papers and what is the media owners political view?

    Tomorrow it will be someone or something else that’s being bashed.

  4. Kevin on December 1, 2009 3:58 pm

    Banning I am sure would not have come from the ruler himself but from officials trying to impress their bosses and also save their seats.
    Freedom of media is just one of the measure there are many more positive steps the Emirates needs to take to survive the marathon of development as a country.They know it and the expats living there know it

  5. Sultan on December 3, 2009 10:05 am

    I think any newspaper which prints negative stuff about Dubai and discourages investors should be banned

  6. DeniseTheMenace on December 3, 2009 11:02 am

    @ SULTAN — your thinking is deeply flawed — printing -ve stuff abt dubai doesn’t make it look better or worse unless one is doubtful of the mental capability of the reader… Discourage investors….well right now they are with back to the wall situation (ask me I have couple of million sunk…and still holding ) So pls think sanely and try to take criticism the way its meant to be.
    Keep smiling !!!


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