Mass Firing At UAE Newspaper Raises Censorship Concerns

The closure of Al Roeya reflects the limits set on freedom of speech and local media in the UAE. 

An Emirati newspaper ran a story about how citizens were struggling with higher fuel prices this summer. Within weeks the paper’s print edition had been shut down, and dozens of employees were sacked.

Even under the strict press laws of the United Arab Emirates, the story about high fuel prices at Al Roeya newspaper in Dubai was deemed safe, editors agreed.


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