Journalists: Do Not Criticize the President in UAE

dolalrs04.13.09.jpgAccording to new laws drawn up by the United Arab Emirates head of state, reporters who criticize President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan will face “hefty fines” of up to $1.4 million.

Not surprisingly, the country’s media and social leaders are criticizing the bill.

“The draft law in its current form is obscure and violates many freedoms, gains and basic rights, and hinders free media and newspaper work in the country,” a letter from over 100 of the country’s leaders reads.

The Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists are also against the passage of the law.