By Sam Bridge
National Media Council says daily newspapers will continue to play 'their crucial role' via digital platforms after Tuesday suspension
The UAE's National Media Council on Saturday decided to temporarily limit the distribution of all print newspapers, magazines and marketing material with effect from Tuesday.
Regular subscribers of publications and large outlets in shopping centres are exempted from the move, provided all the health and safety precautions are adhered to, state news agency WAM reported.
The suspension is part of the preventive measures taken to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, known as Covid-19, which claimed its first two lives in the UAE on Friday.
The decision includes banning the distribution of printed materials, including advertisements in residential complexes, restaurants, hotels, health centres and clinics, waiting halls in public sector and private sector service centres and other places where several people are likely to use the same printed materials.
The ban does not apply to awareness publications approved by the health authorities.
The decision is in line with the precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of the virus to stop several people touching the same printed material.
The National Media Council stressed that daily newspapers will continue to play "their crucial role" in publishing news stories across their digital platforms.