Arab Media Forum finalizes its work without mentioning al-Najjar’s case
The Arab Media Forum, held in Dubai on the 3rd and 4th of April 2018 under the auspices of UAE Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has finalized its work in total disregard to the Jordanian journalist Tayseer al-Najjar’s arbitrary detention in UAE jails.
Over 2,500 prominent regional and international media figures had attended the event to discuss media trends across the Middle East.
However, nobody has really dared to raise the case of al-Najjar, who is currently serving a three-year sentence in the UAE for freedom of expression charges.
Earlier last week, al-Najjar’s wife has called on the Arab Media Forum to adopt her husband’s case.
Al-Najjar was sentenced last year to 3 years imprisonment over ‘damaging the reputation of the UAE and it’s symbols’. He has also been fined 500,000 UAE dinars (equivalent to around $136,130) and is due to be deported back to Jordan after he serves his prison sentence.