The United Arab Emirate’s envoy to the US has reportedly ridiculed Saudi Arabia’s leadership in a number of leaked emails, In one of the messages, reportedly stolen by hacking group Global Leaks, Yousef Otaiba wrote: “That whole country is fuckin coo coo!
” In another, sent to his Egyptian wife, Abeer Shoukry, the UAE ambassador mocked Saudi Arabia’s decision to ban red roses on Valentine’s Day.
The adoption of a cyber-crime law (Federal Legal Decree No.
5/2012) in late 2012 reinforced the legislative arsenal for gagging criticism in a country where the judiciary is under the executive’s control.
I’m sure Red roses are now being sold on the black market for extortionately high prices.
Feeling threatened, the Emirati authorities took advantage of regional political tension in 2011 to step up control of information and communications with the aim shoring up the regime.
They tried to impose a new blackout in 2013 on the trial of 94 Emiratis accused of links with Al-Islah (a party affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood) and conspiring against the government.
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