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UAE suspends newspaper over 'horse doping' claims

Newspaper had claimed horses owned by the Abu Dhabi ruling family were doped.

UAE suspends newspaper over 'horse doping' claims
FALSE CLAIMS: Warsan Stables is owned by members of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)

A UAE court ordered the suspension of a local newspaper after it published an article claiming horses owned by the Abu Dhabi ruling family were doped, a local daily said on Thursday.

The ruling, which was issued on Wednesday and can not be overturned, stipulates that Arabic-language Al-Emarat Al-Youm halt publication for 20 days, a verdict effective "within a few days," said the Abu Dhabi-based Al-Ittihad.

Al-Emarat Al-Youm, run by a media company under Dubai Holding, owned by Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, in October 2006 published a front-page story accusing the Warsan Stables of using dope on horses.

Warsan Stables is owned by members of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, while Al-Emarat Al-Youm is one of the most widely read publications in the country.

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Andy 11 years ago

Freedom of speech is only available to local Sheikhs I suppose. People should be able to dispute the article but to shut them down over an article or opinion is absurd.

Patrick 11 years ago

So much for the freedom of the press, this act shows what is the status of the press in the UAE, and how free are the reporters! That is shameful...

Alex 11 years ago

Welcome to Dubai reality.

Jebel Ali Baba 11 years ago

There is no such thing like freedom of press in the the UAE. The practise of self-censorship leads to the fact, that many national and international issues are not reported at all and if published, articles are streamlined with the official opinion and regulation. Also freedom of speach is some kind of limited as peoople can get arrested (and judged) for criticising the Royal Families or some of its members.

Omar 11 years ago

A decision that is not constructive at all. closing a publication does not help in anything. I can not understand this decision.

Jebel Ali Baba 11 years ago

Even though Arabian Business has a very open and liberal standing in the World of Arabian press and news, my last posting got (self) censored by the editor.

Mustafa Said 11 years ago

This is a great move that will be a lesson for all newspapers to publish facts not sensational fiction. We hope Gulf News learns from this suspension.

hamdan mohamed(hamdan@imail.ae) 11 years ago

Well i disagree with you guys, this is has nothing to do with dubai or censorship, since the news paper owned by the sheikh himself. i know many issues cannot be talked about , but my question to you guys, what if a news paper write something not right about my company and made me lose millions??? Wont that hurt my business as well reputation? the brand name is very sensitive issue and what false climes it could bring a whole company down so if the information is wrong they deserve it.

GD 11 years ago

If the story is untrue, take the newspaper/journalists to court and ask them to prove the story, providing evidence/sources. If they can not, then the newspaper can be punished by way of a steep fine and public apology. This will allow the offended party to clear their name, and teach the newspaper a lesson, and make them think twice before publishing any further controversial stories. By temporarily closing down a newspaper, it almost points to an admission of guilt, and does not serve anyone any good

Carlos Santana 11 years ago

Closing the newspaper for 20 days because of publishing some facts and news, does not serve the truth at all or freedom of speech. I am sure the newspaper did not publish the story without having reliable resources. However, If the story caused financial losses to the horse owners and the story was proved to be false and the newspaper was found guilty, then the newspaper must pay a fine. This will make the newspaper to be very cautious next time. Now let me say one thing here: Why should the newspaper be punished only for publishing a story that has negative impact. Most journalists exaggerate in their stories. I have always read articles in local newspapers with amplified/false statistics that magnified the image of the object of the story. Now one said or expressed any opinions.