The UAE has a black record of involvement in crimes against journalists inside and outside the country.
Many Arab journalists and activists have testified that they have been prosecuted by the UAE for criticizing its policies in Yemen and several Arab countries.
Journalists say Abu Dhabi’s pressure on many of their countries is increasing in parallel with its military escalation in southern Yemen’s provinces.
The complaint of these activists was widely monitored, especially on social media platforms.
Yemeni journalist Anis Mansour and the media advisor at the embassy in Riyadh published a video on his Twitter page in which he talked about being pursued by the UAE in many countries, stressing that every critic of its policies is being pursued everywhere.
The writer and politician Ali al-Bakhiti published a brief tweet yesterday in which he confirmed his suspension from writing, and said, “I stopped since yesterday to write and talk to the media in Yemeni political affairs until further notice. I have no choice. Forgive me.”
Before returning today and explaining his decision, he wrote, “I left Jordan, where I intended to settle until Yemen returned. I paid this price for my position because of what the UAE did in Aden and other southern provinces of supporting extremist village militias led by terrorist Hani Ben Brik seeking to wrest part of the country. The confiscation of people’s freedom is a backyard for the rulers of Abu Dhabi.”
In another tweet, he explained: “I highly appreciate Jordan’s generous hosting of Yemenis, and I do not wish to cause more embarrassment to the authorities because of my writings and my positions. At the same time, I cannot stop writing and talking about the political affairs of my country. I decided to leave to a country that is not affected by the pressure of Abu Dhabi or others.”
In Algeria, the captain Hamza Joudi was jailed for a video that called for disobedience and a halt to oil and gas exports until the restoration of Algeria’s goods.
The story of the young man was not absent from the Algerian movement last Friday, where a number of demonstrators condemned his arrest on the basis of what they considered merely expressing an opinion.
Before that, the story of the journalist Tayseer al-Najjar, who was arrested for a blog post criticizing a position on the 2014 aggression on Gaza and its Arab blockade before Israel, was the story of the tragedy.
“The security prison where I lived in Abu Dhabi is still accompanying me, it is not easy to get rid of the cruelty, pain, injustice and oppression of 3 years and two months,” says Tayseer al-Najjar. As one wise man says, “Injustice somewhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has denounced the UAE’s violations of media freedom and ranked it at 128th place on the world’s freedoms.
In its report, the international organization highlighted sophisticated online censorship in the UAE to restrict freedom of opinion, expression and systematic repression.
The UAE is the online monitoring master for journalists who often fall victim to the 2012 Cybercrime Law, the international organization said.
Citizens of journalists and bloggers are often targeted to criticize the regime in the UAE and are accused of defamation, insulting the state, or publishing false information in order to damage the country’s reputation.
They risk prolonged imprisonment and may be subjected to ill-treatment in prison. While the constitution guarantees freedom of expression, under the 1980 printed and printed law, authorities can censor domestic or foreign publications if they criticize local policies, the economy, ruling families, religion, or UAE relations with allies.
In its report to the world last year, Reporters Without Borders criticized the UAE’s violations both internally and externally against media freedom.
The UAE’s annual report highlighted that the UAE witnessed the arrest of citizen Ahmed Mansour in 2017 and placed him in solitary confinement on charges of defaming the country on social networks through the publication of “false information, rumors and lies”.
The organization pointed to the UAE’s offer of journalist Mansour to a secret trial and imposed arbitrary restrictions on freedom of press and media work.