KT staffers exonerated of libel charge

DUBAI — Reversing the verdict of the lower court, the Dubai Court of Appeal yesterday exonerated the two senior journalists of Khaleej Times, former editor Prem Chandran and reporter Mohsen Rashed in a defamation case.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 9 Nov 2007, 10:22 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:35 AM

The Dubai Court of First Instance had recently sentenced the two defendants to two months in jail each on charges of defamation.

The Public Prosecution had charged the two KT journalists with libel against a woman last year, following the publication of a news report headlined “Man tricked by wife to issue dud cheque.”

Commending the judgement, Mohammed Yousef, Chairman of the Journalists Association, said journalists have always had great trust in the judiciary.

He, however, added that the authorities should devise a new mechanism to properly handle, scrutinise and investigate relevant cases before dragging the journalists to court, Yousef pointed out.

It may be recalled, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had recently issued a directive to relevant authorities to abstain from detaining journalists for matters relating to their professional duties.

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