UAE slams 'untrue' reports over plight of Asian Cup journalists

The Media Committee of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup has dismissed as “untrue” reports about refusing journalists entry to the UAE to cover the tournament.

In a statement cited by state news agency WAM, the committee said that the authorities had provided facilities to over 2,000 journalists from all over the world to cover the championship.

“The UAE has a long track record of organising major international events and has never refused entry to any journalists to perform their job,” the statement said.

It noted that some journalists had experienced minor problems, confusing visit visa with the mission or work visa but after contacting the committee the misunderstanding was resolved in less than 24 hours.

They were then provided with all required facilities to enable them carry out their journalistic duties, the statement added.

The Media Committee of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup urged all journalists to contact them if they encountered any issues related to the type of entry visa.

“The committee will coordinate with the concerned authorities to facilitate issuance of the visa as per the laws and regulations of the UAE,” it said.

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