Two journalists get prison sentences for libel in Dubai

first_img September 25, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists get prison sentences for libel in Dubai News News News Ganjadahran and Rashed were convicted yesterday of libelling an Iranian-born Dubai woman by reporting on 28 June last year that she had sued her husband, who had then been imprisoned. The journalists have lodged an appeal and have not yet been jailed. The case will be heard further on 25 OctoberRashed told Reporters Without Borders he was surprised by the excessive sentence but said it was not the only case in the Gulf states. He mentioned the trial four years ago of the editor of the Kuwaiti paper Al Seyassah and noted that Gulf journalists were increasingly exercising self-censorship. News Receive email alerts RSF_en RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Follow the news on United Arab Emirates April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group Reporters Without Borders today deplored the handing down of two-month prison sentences for libel to the former editor of the English-language paper Khaleej Times, Shimba Kassiril Ganjadahran, and journalist Mohsen Rashed by a court in Dubai. The sentences came less than two weeks after five-month prison terms were given to two online journalists in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah. “We are concerned by these sentences,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Nothing justifies imprisonment for press offences. The relative freedom that UEA journalists seem to enjoy is threatened every time such trials take place.” United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more