They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Dubious Media City

Dubai Media City (DMC) part of Dubai Holding is a tax free zone within Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has been built by the Dubai government to boost UAE's media foothold, and has become a regional hub for media organizations ranging from: news agencies, publishing, online media, advertising, production, and broadcast facilities. The ground work for infrastructure (Such as fiber optic cables) was already laid for firms to setup easily and its visa and operational procedures are relaxed for firms operating within DMC.

On 16th of November 2007 Dubai Government shut down the Pakistani independent and private channels Geo News TV and ARY One World on understanding with the military regime of Pakistan lead by Pervez Musharraf. Later the policy makers in Dubai permissioned these channels to air their entertainment programs, but news, current affairs and political analysis were forbidden to be aired. This has had a devastating impact on all organizations in the media city and they have started considerations about relocating. Link (Wikipedia)