We don’t censor books in the UAE…BUT…There are lots of lines that can’t be crossed, several government censor departments to ensure this, and not to mention a ban on less well educated people getting books published in the first place

Posted: 4 November, 2016 in Book Censorship, world
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sharjah international book fair logoThe UAE does not censor any book entering book fairs in the country claimed a senior book censor from the National Media Council (NMC) …BUT… certain lines are not to be crossed . The official was speaking at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF).Juma Al Leem, director of the NMC office in Dubai, said:

In the UAE, we never prohibit books in any book fair. We give our remarks or comments only about the book.

Al Leem added that while there is also no censorship in general terms in the UAE, every country has a red line for content. He said the US, for example, blocks books deemed to be a national security threat.

Certain lines are not to be crossed We don’t support [books that promote] terrorism, and so on.

However certain types of books will continue to be referred by the NMC to relevant UAE ministries before a final approval is granted. For example, a medical publication awaiting the green light from the NMC is sent by the NMC to the Ministry of Health and Prevention so specialists can assess the content.

We concentrate on quality. We don’t permit every book. We don’t want false facts.

Al Leem said the NMC has its own highly qualified and specialised staff to assess works of literature and various other genres, besides  referrals to third-party entities on technical subjects. He pointed out that each licence for a work to be published in the UAE has its own terms and conditions.  He added that in certain cases a minimum of a high-school certificate is required to allow the licence to go ahead.

We are not using our power against writers. The new law on competencies is now effective and we will reveal more details.

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