UAE orders detention of journalist over ‘hate speech’ following football match: WAM

A media professional has been detained by authorities in the United Arab Emirates over the coverage of a match between the UAE and Iraq, state news agency WAM reported on Friday.

The news agency said the UAE Public Prosecution has ordered the detention of a media figure for inciting hate speech and breaching public morals.

The Public Prosecution has also ordered the release of others but with a personal guarantee for also being part of committing the said crimes, reported Wam.

While no further information has yet been released, the statement seemed to refer to a game held between the two Middle East nations earlier this month.

The UAE played Iraq at the Zabeel Stadium in Dubai on October 12 in the third round of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

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