Rights watchdog praises Ofcom decision to penalise UAE channel over forced confessions

A rights watchdog has welcomed a decision by the UK’s broadcasting regulator to penalise an Emirati TV station for airing the forced confessions of a Qatari national detained arbitrarily in 2013.Doha-based National Human Rights Council (NHRC) praised the move by Ofcom against what it said were the “deliberate, dangerous violations” of the “most fundamental principles” of human rights by Abu Dhabi TV and UAE authorities.Ofcom ruled that an interview with Qatari national Hamad Al-Hamadi aired by the station on 22 June 2017 entitled “Confessions of a Qatari intelligence traitor on a UAE smearing …

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