UAE journos jump on draft media law

Bill seen as attempt to stop economic reporting

LONDON — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are drafting a new media law which has already earned the rebuke of local journos for what they fear is an attempt to curtail their freedom of expression.

The law, which is being drafted by the National Media Council, will punish media outlets for “carrying misleading news that harms the national economy” and for “insulting” members of the royal family.

The law, which has yet to be approved by prexy Sheik Khalifa al-Nahyan but was passed by the legislative council in January, comes at a time when the global economic recession has hit Emirates such as Dubai particularly hard.

Reports have been rife in recent weeks of mass layoffs, ex-pat former employees leaving their cars at Dubai airport with the keys still in the ignition and a meltdown in the real estate market.

The law is being seen by local journos as an attempt by authorities to block them from fully reporting the economic situation. Foreign media outlets, however, will be unaffected by the draft law.

More Biz

  • Ajit Pai Free Speech

    State Attorneys General File Suit Over FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

    LONDON — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are drafting a new media law which has already earned the rebuke of local journos for what they fear is an attempt to curtail their freedom of expression. The law, which is being drafted by the National Media Council, will punish media outlets for “carrying misleading news […]

  • Miramax Parent Company Enters Fray for

    Miramax Parent Company Enters Fray for Weinstein Co.

    LONDON — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are drafting a new media law which has already earned the rebuke of local journos for what they fear is an attempt to curtail their freedom of expression. The law, which is being drafted by the National Media Council, will punish media outlets for “carrying misleading news […]

  • Alec Baldwin Woody Allen

    Alec Baldwin Criticizes Stars Denouncing Woody Allen: 'It's Unfair and Sad'

    LONDON — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are drafting a new media law which has already earned the rebuke of local journos for what they fear is an attempt to curtail their freedom of expression. The law, which is being drafted by the National Media Council, will punish media outlets for “carrying misleading news […]

  • U.S. Capitol

    Senate Democrats Close to Majority on Vote to Restore Net Neutrality Rules

    LONDON — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are drafting a new media law which has already earned the rebuke of local journos for what they fear is an attempt to curtail their freedom of expression. The law, which is being drafted by the National Media Council, will punish media outlets for “carrying misleading news […]

  • Upright Citizens Brigade Marches in to

    Upright Citizens Brigade Marches in to Help Madison Avenue

    LONDON — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are drafting a new media law which has already earned the rebuke of local journos for what they fear is an attempt to curtail their freedom of expression. The law, which is being drafted by the National Media Council, will punish media outlets for “carrying misleading news […]

  • Pete Ganbarg

    Atlantic Records Names Pete Ganbarg President of A&R

    LONDON — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are drafting a new media law which has already earned the rebuke of local journos for what they fear is an attempt to curtail their freedom of expression. The law, which is being drafted by the National Media Council, will punish media outlets for “carrying misleading news […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content