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Media man detained in Abu Dhabi for inappropriate comments


DUBAI – A media man has been detained for saying inappropriate comments ahead of a football match between UAE and Iraq last week.

According to the UAE Public Federal Prosecution, the media man violated public morals, harmed public interest and provoked hate speech.

Two other people involved in the incident were released on bail after further investigation. The trio have been fired by Abu Dhabi Media for violating the media code of ethics.

The incident came to light after Abu Dhabi Media filed a complaint against the trio when audio and video clips of them making the comments circulated on social media.

They were testing technical equipment prior to a live broadcast on the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel when they were heard making inappropriate comments.

Clips of the conversation were published online when footage prior to the broadcast was hacked.

According to the UAE Public Federal Prosecution, if found guilty, the media man faces imprisonment of at least five years and a fine of between Dh50,000 and Dh500,000.

An investigation into the incident is underway. ICA/Expat Media

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