Life in Dubai

Will Ferrell Joins Fight to Free American Shezanne Cassim

Yet another lesson. If anyone in the UAE thinks that there is freedom of speech here, the you can please forget it. Case in point…. 🙂

New Day

The fight to free an American being held in a United Arab Emirates prison is intensifying, Sara Sidner reports.

The UAE, for the first time, is acknowledging the imprisonment of Shezanne Cassim, and the 29-year-old is now getting some help from Washington and from some big names in Hollywood.

The comedy website “Funny or Die” released a video urging the UAE to “Free Shez” for doing something they do all the time – make a video that’s supposed to be funny.

Cassim has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.

It was meant to be a piece of comedy, a 19-minute video that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label “Satwa G” was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher…

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