The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is considering legislation that would criminalize publication of anything that would “harm the economy.” Such an offense would be punishable by fines of up to 1 million dirhams (roughly $272,000).
This will, of course, put journalists in a bit of a problem reporting on the economic crisis. Here are a few suggestions:
When covering the collapse of the housing market, try a headline: “Dubai Takes Lead in Offering Low Cost Homes.”
When covering the decline in purchases in the recession, try “Citizens Indicate That They Have All of the Goods That They Need.”
When covering the rise in unemployment, try “More People in Dubai Enjoying Time with Family.”
It is good to know that the UAE is trying to repair its economy by destroying free speech.
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