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Tamimi: UAE is putting pressure on London to ban Islamic institutions

The UAE is trying hard to put pressure on Britain to ban Islamic institutions in London, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, the director of Al-Hiwar TV channel Azzam Tamimi said yesterday.

Speaking at the International Palestinian Conference for Media and Communications in Istanbul, Tamimi stressed that Britain is a democratic state that does not give in to pressure, unlike the violations that occur in Arab countries and asked these countries to stop playing "malicious" roles.

Tamimi added that the UAE demanded British Prime Minister David Cameron shut down Al-Hiwar and some Islamic institutions and offered financial bribes to the UK, but Cameron refused saying that "Britain is a nation subject to law and the judiciary. If you have a problem with them then you must let law run its course."

The aim of the conference, also known as Tawasul, is to provide opportunities for meaningful dialogue about experiences within the media, to provide help in developing and directing media productions on Palestine. In addition, Tawasul aims to coordinate public information efforts and promote the development of joint projects and programmes and launch media initiatives encouraging creativity in media productions serving the Palestinian cause.

The conference was organised by the Palestine Media Club, the Foundation for Research, Economic and Social Research (SETA) and the Middle East Monitor (MEMO).

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