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An unsuitable job for a woman?
I have just been having a quick look at the Gulf News and after looking at the new rules for ex-patriate housewives who want to take up a job in the UAE,
An expatriate woman who is sponsored by a father or husband can work in any job, even if she is listed in the resident visa as housewife.
Some companies are ready to employ women on their father's or husband's sponsorship but some prefer that the woman they employ be sponsored by the company. Women need an approval from the husband or father if they wish to work.
Under strict instructions the men go about striking every image of excessive flesh with black lines. They see it before everyone else doesn’t.
This is the scene every morning at the Jashanmal Newspapers and Periodicals Division (NPD). “We start at 4.30am and by 6.30am we must finish the censoring and begin to load the trucks,” says Abdul Rahim A.P., Distribution Manager for Jashanmal. There are 14 people working the floor and 14 people in the back office to make sure things go smoothly. Sometimes with publications like FHM we may need to censor 50 pages or so; that takes about 15 minutes per copy, so we usually decide not to distribute the issue”.
“I believe what we are doing is important, not just to protect the cultural values of the country but also I wouldn’t want these pictures getting in the hands of children.”
What to censor is decided not by NPD, but by the National Media Council (NMC).
“These days things are more lenient than before, we only make sure there is nothing that may offend Islam, our culture or the Rulers,” says Adnan Al Mousawi, Head of Media Censorship Unit at the NMC, who has been doing this for 22 years now.
Every morning, over a cup of tea, he scans 50 newspapers for inappropriate content. “I really have to watch out for the British tabloids,” says Menon.
“Publications like the Observer, the Independent and the Sun commonly display lewd pictures. The editorial is usually skipped, unless it’s something really vulgar or gossip about one of the ruling families, but that only happens once every six months or so”.
“Ten years ago we used to stop one or two publications daily, but it’s been years since we last stopped a publication,” said Al Mousawi. “In serious cases we request a decision from the Ruler’s Court on how to handle the matter. Usually the publications reach the market within 24 hours from when we first inspect them.”
This is probably not considered a suitable job for an expatriate housewife, even with her husband’s permission.