Abdullah gets call from Arab ministers over media safety

ABU DHABI - Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Information and Culture, received here yesterday telephone calls from a number of Arab information ministers , who called to share their concerns over the safety of the beleaguered mediamen of the Abu Dhabi television channel in Baghdad.

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Published: Wed 9 Apr 2003, 12:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 9:57 PM

Shaikh Abdullah received calls from Shaikh Ahmed Al Fahad of Kuwait, Nabil Yaqcoub Al Hamar of Bahrain, Ghazi Alaridhi of Lebanon and Shaikh Hamad bin Thamir, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Radio and Television Corporation in Qatar and Board Chairman of Al Jazeera television.

The Arab ministers lauded the outstanding coverage of the events in Iraq by the Abu Dhabi television and also expressed the hope that the ordeal of the channel's team on the ground would be over soon.

Shaikh Abdullah assured the Arab officials about the safety of the mediamen, saying that Emirates Media Inc. , is doing everything within its power to secure the transfer of the beleaguered journalists from the channel's offices to Palestine Hotel, where Arab and foreign journalists covering the war are based. "Consultations are underway, in coordination with the UAE Red Crescent Society to secure the transfer of the mediamen from the office of the Abu Dhabi Television where they are besieged to the Palestine Hotel", said Shaikh Abdullah. "The immediate priority now is to get them out of that location to Palestine hotel."

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