Thursday, June 16, 2005

Gulf News reporter detained after complaint over story

A Gulf News reporter was detained at Dubai International Airport yesterday and prevented from travelling to Greece on an official visit following an arrest warrant issued by Sharjah police. . . .
Sharjah police had earlier warned Bassma Al Jandaly, staff reporter, and Duraid Al Baik, UAE Editor, over an article published in February about a man who was stabbing women in Sharjah
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Dubai's CID had informed Gulf News in March that Sharjah police wanted to arrest Al Jandaly and Al Baik after a complaint was made against them over the article. Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief of Gulf News, wrote a letter to Brigadier Ali Saleh Al Mutawa, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah police, asking for clarification.

In it he said the newspaper would deal with the complaint according to the UAE's publication laws and issue a correction if the article was incorrect or inaccurate. Gulf News received no response from Sharjah police. Abdul Hamid's assistant followed up the case for three days with police.


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