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Jonathan Emmett @scribblestreet
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The documentary would have been an uncomfortable watch for the UK authors who have appeared at Sheik Mohammed’s #DubaiLitFest in the last decade – assuming any of them were prepared to watch it……
…As @Rothna_Begum says at the end of the film, the UAE uses “clever PR” to distract from its villainy. Over the last decade, many respectable UK authors have knowingly or unknowingly been complicit in creating that clever PR……
…I’ve said in the past that the willingness of the UK book community to turn a blind eye to human rights violations in the UAE has made me feel ashamed to be a part of that community. Latifa is just one of many Emirati unfairly imprisoned by her father……
…Organisations like @Soc_of_Authors & campaigns like #PicturesMeanBusiness call for the fair treatment of authors & illustrators. How can we expect others to respect these calls if we are seen to turn a blind eye to the unfair treatment of others?……
…I’d hope that, in the wake of tonight’s film and the recent case of #MatthewHedges, authors and illustrators will now think twice before accepting Sheik Mohammed’s sponsorship and be prepared to speak out and challenge his brutally oppressive regime.…
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