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United Arab Emirates


-  Surface area: 83,600 sq. km.
-  Population: 2,606,000
-  Language: Arabic
-  Type of State: federation of seven emirates
-  Head of State: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan
-  Head of government: Sheikh Maktoum bin Rachid al-Maktoum

United Arab Emirates annual Report 2002

Despite the opening of the only "free zone" for the media and the informatics sector in the Gulf countries, the authorities keep the media under constant pressure.

In early December 2001 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan was re-elected as head of state by the supreme council for five years. In January Dubai Media City, a "free zone" for the media and companies in the informatics sector, was launched. The Arabic satellite television channel Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), formerly based in London, set up in the zone. Despite the authorities’ commitments in 2000 to give more freedom to the media, self-censorship is still practised by journalists, for fear of sanctions. In particular, journalists avoid mentioning subjects related to religion, morals, "friendly countries" or members of ruling families.



north africa - middle east countries list
1. Introduction North Africa and the Middle East annual Report 2002
Algeria
Bahrain
Egypt
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Morocco
Palestinian Authority
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Sudan
Syria
Tunisia
Yemen

see also
Introduction
Annual report 2002

Hard times for press freedom
Africa annual report 2002
Asia annual report 2002
Americas annual report 2002
Europe annual report 2002