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UAE reporter detained for leaked pre-game comments before World Cup qualifier

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DUABI — The United Arab Emirates said Friday it had detained a journalist after comments they made off the air ahead of a televised international soccer match were hacked and posted online.

The incident occurred shortly before the state-run Abu Dhabi Sports channel’s live broadcast of the UAE-Iraq World Cup qualifying match on October 12.

The journalist, who was not identified, was accused of “uttering words which would harm the public interest in the country,” the official news agency WAM said.

Other suspects were arrested before being released on bail, WAM said, citing the public prosecution for cybersecurity crimes.

“An audio and video clip circulated online showed the accused........

© The Times of Israel

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