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30 May 2013

Zainab Sultan, Doha Centre for Media Freedom (Qatar)

What went wrong with the media coverage of the Villaggio fire?

[The Villagio fire] managed to stir a debate on the credibility of the local media and the way journalism is conducted in Qatar…Al-Sayed [editor-in-chief of the Peninsula] explained that the newspaper received an order from the court to not publish any news related to the [Villagio fire] trial until the verdict is out. “We were covering the court trial but then we received a court order and we had to stop,” Al-Sayed said, adding that “sometimes the court decides not to make the proceedings public and we have to follow the law...”…Doha News also faced restrictions from the court regarding what they can publish on their website about the trial…Al Sharq newspaperalso mentioned the court order gagging coverage of the case[Also refers to Gympanzee Nursery]