Always look on the briiiight side of life (de do, de do de do de do)

Can’t believe I didn’t spot this one earlier. The NYT buried the lede in their story two weeks ago about the tanking economy in Dubai. Have a look at the seventh graf:

Instead of moving toward greater transparency, the emirates seem to be moving in the other direction. A new draft media law would make it a crime to damage the country’s reputation or economy, punishable by fines of up to 1 million dirhams (about $272,000). Some say it is already having a chilling effect on reporting about the crisis.

So it’d be totally illegal to publish that NYT story. The AP wouldn’t be allowed to publish this piece about Dubai’s tolerance and openness (cough) being “called into question”:

In the past, Westerners doing business here could easily overlook controversies because the cash was rolling in. But they may be more reluctant to stick by Dubai when business is bad. The emirate is deep in debt, real estate prices are dropping and laid-off foreign workers are leaving.

And this scathing piece from Smashing Telly (and the accompanying Deutsche Welle TV segment) would be completely out of the question:

Imagine proposing to build Vegas in a place where sex and drugs and rock and roll are an anathema. This is effectively the proposition that created Dubai – it was a stupid idea before the crash, and now it is dangerous.

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