first_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation News News to go further United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on United Arab Emirates RSF_en News Newscenter_img United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa December 20, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist handcuffed, passport taken, for writing about moustaches June 8, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called for the immediate return of the passport that was confiscated from freelance journalist V. M. Sathish when he was briefly arrested in Dubai on 13 December for allegedly libelling a jewellery chain by reporting that it ordered its employees to shave off their beards and moustaches.“It is absolutely essential that Sathish should immediately recover his freedom of movement and that the Dubai police should stop harassing him,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is beyond belief that a journalist can be arrested and prosecuted for such a ridiculous reason.”Sathish, who writes for several English-language news media, was summoned by the Dubai prosecutor’s office on 13 December, interrogated and detained for several hours over a report in the Khaleej Times daily on 22 August that the Alukkas chain of jewellery stores had told its 400 employees they would henceforth all have to be clean-shaven. The managing director of the chain, Joy Alukkas, reacted to the article by bringing a libel action against Sathish.Sathish told Reporters Without Borders he felt “imprisoned” and that his ability to move about freely in the region was hampering his work as a journalist. “To be treated like this, like a criminal by the Dubai police… they put handcuffs on me and jailed me… just for writing about moustaches,” Sathish exclaimed. RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more