The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces today denying entry to journalists without clear reasons after they have arrived to Dubai Airport on Monday February 25, 2013.
Dubai Airport authorities denied entry, on Monday February 25, 2013, for the chief-editor of “Wasat” “Mansour El-Gamri”, his wife “Reem Khalifah” and the correspondent of “associated press”. Their names were added to the denied entry list to UAE, without reasons to take such arbitrary step against prominent journalists.
El-Gamri and Reem were in a visit to UAE to present a paper in an international conference organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in Dubai, which focuses on the administration of the newspapers according to the technical and market development but they were held in the airport and were deported to Bahrain.
ANHRI said that “the decision of the authorities to deny entry of the journalists comes a few hours after the authorities denied entry to the professor in London university for economy before it was canceled because of the authorities intervention in the intellectual and scientific content of the conference. It also comes after the statement of UAE ministry of foreign affairs to deny an entry of “Christian Cotis Oulrichesn” due to critics to the ruling regime in Bahrain”.
ANHRI added that the decision to deny an entry of them due to their postion from the Bahraini uprising as “Oulrichesn” cirtized the Bahraini regime and the role of “Wasat” newspaper in conveying the events in a high professional way.
ANHRI demands the authorities to clarifying the real reason behind denying entry of “El-Gamri” and “Reem”.
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