ABU DHABI -- The UAE media has successfully managed the difficult challenge of reporting on the bravery and sacrifice of the Emirati men and women fighting in Yemen, while also informing both, the inhabitants of the UAE and the international world, about the vital importance of the struggle in Yemen and why the UAE is committed to the restoration of legitimate government in Yemen.
In its editorial today, Gulf News said that at the Emirati Media Forum this week, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, praised the UAE media for its role in supporting the UAE armed forces in their task of defending the region’s stability.
H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, congratulated the Emirati media on its coverage of the UAE’s role in the crisis in Yemen and its work in promoting positive citizenship in the UAE.
"The terrible shock of the day, when 45 Emirati servicemen lost their lives in one incident, was a transformative moment in the life of the UAE, as the nation recognized the sacrifice of its young people and celebrated their courage while also mourning with their families at home," the paper said.
It underlined that the media played an important role in carrying these events to the UAE public as a whole, both Emirati and expatriate, making abundantly clear both, the seriousness of what is happening in Yemen and the commitment of the UAE to help the legitimate government of Yemen restore good governance in that troubled country.
"Both the Arabic and English language media in the UAE have risen to this challenge, and, in particular, it has been very important that the media helped portray the unity of the country at this testing time," the paper said.
It concluded that the UAE’s English-language media also has an additional role in making sure that the international world knows what is happening in Yemen and continues to understand the importance of victory as well as support the coalition fighting to restore the Yemeni nation state and reject Iranian-backed interference.