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2 Swiss journalists held in Abu Dhabi

Old Nov 13th 2017, 8:03 am
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Published in today's Qatar Times.

Two journalists covering the opening of the Abu Dhabi Louvre museum for Swiss public broadcaster RTS were arrested and held for two days, their employer said yesterday, slamming an attack on press freedom. Journalist Serge Enderlin and cameraman Jon Bjorgvinsson were arrested in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday while they were shooting images at an outdoor market, the broadcaster said.

RTS “condemns the violation of press freedom targeting its journalists,” RTS chief Pascal Crittin said on Twitter. The men, who had arrived in the country early last week and who were accredited to cover the opening of the new Louvre museum, were held for more than 50 hours, with no possibility to communicate with the outside world, the broadcaster said. The journalists were interrogated for up to nine hours at a time, and were blindfolded as they were shuttled between different locations, it said. Their camera, computers, hard drives and other material were confiscated, RTS said.

The authorities appeared to want to know the reason for their shoot in the marketplace, where they seemed angered by the fact that Pakistani workers had been filmed. They also asked the journalists if they were working with a third-party state or a nongovernmental organisation, RTS said. The men were finally released last night and were permitted to fly back to Zurich, leaving their equipment and most of their other belongings behind, it added.

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Old Nov 13th 2017, 8:49 am
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I'd just like to point out that I trust our wise and thoughtful authorities here in the UAE to ensure our well-being and safety at all times and to protect us from the nefarious efforts of renegade relatives to undermine the peace and security of our harmonious nation.
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I'd just like to point out that I trust our wise and thoughtful authorities here in the UAE to ensure our well-being and safety at all times and to protect us from the nefarious efforts of renegade relatives to undermine the peace and security of our harmonious nation.
I am sure there were practical and logical reasons and the journalists must have abused their privileges and they were dealt with responsibly before anything got out of hand and they could inflict any damage.
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Did they touch someone on the hip?
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