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Cable reference id: #03ABUDHABI5341
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Reference id aka Wikileaks id #12754  ? 
SubjectShaykh Mohammed Bin Zayed On Al Arabiya
OriginEmbassy Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
Cable timeWed, 17 Dec 2003 12:36 UTC
ClassificationCONFIDENTIAL
Sourcehttp://wikileaks.org/cable/2003/12/03ABUDHABI5341.html
References03ABUDHABI3994
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null Diana T Fritz 03/20/2007 11:32:01 AM From DB/Inbox: Search Results Cable Text: CONFIDENTIAL SIPDIS TELEGRAM December 17, 2003 To: No Action Addressee Action: Unknown From: AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 5341 - UNKNOWN) TAGS: PREL [[External Political Relations]], KPAO [[Public Affairs Office]] Captions: None Subject: SHAYKH MOHAMMED BIN ZAYED ON AL ARABIYA Ref: None _________________________________________________________________ C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 05341 SIPDIS CXABU: ACTION: POL INFO: RSO AMB DCM P/M ECON PAO Laser1: INFO: PAO DISSEMINATION: POL CHARGE: PROG APPROVED: AMB:MMWAHBA DRAFTED: POL:JFMAYBURY CLEARED: A/DCM:HOLSIN-WINDECKER VZCZCADI781 OO RUEHC RUEHZM RUEHDE RUEKJCS RHRMDAB RUCJACC RUEHLO RUEHFR RHMFISS DE RUEHAD #5341 3511236 ZNY CCCCC ZZH O 171236Z DEC 03 FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2742 INFO RUEHZM/GCC COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI IMMEDIATE 3590 RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 0750 RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 0778 RHMFISS/HQ COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTH BAGHDAD PRIORITY RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC RHRMDAB/COMUSNAVCENT RUCJACC/USCINCCENT MACDILL AFB FL
Hide header C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 005341 SIPDIS STATE FOR NEA/FO, NEA/RA, NEA/ARP, NEA/NGA, AND NEA/PPD SECDEF FOR OSD COMPTROLLER AND OASD/PA USCINCCENT FOR POLAD PARIS FOR ZEYA LONDON FOR GOLDRICH E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/16/13 TAGS: PREL [External Political Relations], KPAO [Public Affairs Office], IZ, TC SUBJECT: SHAYKH MOHAMMED BIN ZAYED ON AL ARABIYA Ref: A) Abu Dhabi 3994, B) Abu Dhabi 3945 (U) Classified by Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba, for reasons 1.5 (B) and (D). ¶1. (U) This is an action request ee paragraph 7. ¶2. (C) Summary: The UAE's leadership have raised objections with the management of Al Arabiya Arabic Satellite News Channel about the station's controversial broadcasts and have suggested that we also speak with the Saudis and Kuwaitis as they are the primary investors/owners of the News Channel. requested that the USG provide information and specific evidence to them that they can use when speaking to Al Arabiya. End summary. ¶3. (C) After Al Arabiya broadcast footage on Aug. 28 of hooded men threatening to kill Iraqi Governing Council members (refs A and B), as well as other inciteful material, UAE Information Minister Shaykh Abdullah bin Zayed told us that he had at least one, and possibly two, serious discussion(s) with Al Arabiya's management. ¶4. (C) In late November, when Defense Secretary Rumsfeld made his remarks on Al Arabiya, Shaykh Abdullah called the Ambassador (while she was in Sydney) to ask for more details of the allegations so he could further press Al Arabiya. ¶5. (C) Air Force Secretary Roche raised the issue of Al Arabiya's broadcasts with Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Armed Forces Chief of Staff LTG Shaykh Mohammed bin Zayed on December 10 during the Dubai Airshow. Shaykh Mohammed said that the UAEG had already spoken quite severely with Al Arabiya a number of times asking them to practice "responsible" journalism and to be more balanced in their reporting. He added that the UAEG is willing to intervene, but pointed out that Al Arabiya is not owned or controlled by the UAEG. Al Arabiya is located in the Dubai Media Free Zone where all the other media giants are, such as CNN and Reuters. These stations are there because the UAEG and Dubai allow them to broadcast without censorship. ¶6. (C) Shaykh Mohammed told Secretary Roche that the USG needed to talk to the Saudis and to the Kuwaitis. Al Arabiya, as we have noted in ref B, is owned principally by wealthy Saudi businessman Waleed bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim, a principal shareowner of Middle East Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Al Arabiya's parent company, and whose sister Jawhara bint Ibrahim Al Ibrahim is a wife of King Fahd. Other Al Arabiya investors reportedly include Kuwaiti businessmen and a Kuwaiti royal family member, Ahmed Al Fahed Al Sabah. ¶7. (C) Comment/Action request: We don't think the Emiratis can do more than use their influence to affect the way Al Arabiya's Dubai-based management conducts itself. The UAE leadership cannot shut down the station or cancel residency visa permits without destroying Dubai's free-zone reputation something they will not/not consider, and cannot do. Post would appreciate any new information or specific evidence that we could pass on to the Emiratis to help them press Al Arabiya further. The fact that the Emiratis have proactively sought such information at the Shaykh level tells us that they are serious about using their influence and are not shying away from dealing with this problem. WAHBA

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