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The UAE Welcomes Global Interest While Struggling with Internal Censorship

October 27th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

Earlier this year the United Arab Emirates’ only credible online discussion forum – – was blocked without explanation. Worse still, the authorities began hunting down the owner of the website, first claiming technical difficulties, then expressing concern over the site’s contents. Till now, the site remains blocked. What caused such a stir? Dr. Christopher Davidson, fellow of Durham University, discusses freedom of expression in the UAE.

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Tightening censorship in the UAE

May 3rd, 2010, Comment & Analysis

Despite efforts to liberalize its economy, invite foreign investment, and develop cosmopolitan ‘global cities’, the UAE has repeatedly failed to distance itself from the murkiest of censorship practices, and has carefully maintained a grey cloud of ambiguity that continues to obscure freedom of expression. For years censorship has been an everyday reality for citizens and the millions of expatriates living in the UAE; with books, newspaper output, and Internet access all being heavily restricted. This, unfortunately, is a necessary evil of the autocratic traditional monarchies that maintain their stranglehold over the nation’s resources and its citizenry.

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Christopher Davidson

Fellow of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Durham University

February 9th, 2010, Academia, Defense and Security, Durham, English, Euro-Med, Europe, Europe, International Relations, North Africa and Middle East, Think tank/Research center, UK

Chris Davidson

Dr. Christopher Davidson is a policy expert on the Gulf monarchies and specializes in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Having lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Beirut, Dr. Davidson has an extensive knowledge of this region of the world.

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