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Dubai court awards man $27k after TV channel fails to broadcast interview

Court rules that TV channel failed to comply with professional ethics by not showing interview

Dubai court awards man $27k after TV channel fails to broadcast interview
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A man was awarded just over $27,000 in compensation after a TV station failed to broadcast an interview with him.

Although the interview was promoted prior to being broadcast, it was not aired by the channel and an alternative piece about someone else was shown instead, according to a report by Emirates 24/7.

The guest was flown in and put up in hotel accommodation and, after the interview, he was told that it would air on a certain date, the report added.

When another interview was show in its place, the man contacted the station to find out why it was not shown, but was not given a reason. The man also requested an apology from the TV station, but did not get a response to that either.

Owing to the moral damages he suffered, the man sued the TV channel, seeking compensation of $113,438 (AED500,000)

Dubai Court of First Instances ruled in favour of the plaintiff and awarded him $27,226 (Dh100,000) in compensation.

The TV channel appealed the ruling to the Court of Cassation, which upheld the decision, stating the TV channel failed to comply with professional ethics, and also failed to abide by the Press Code of Ethics.