Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Twofour54 Media Free Zone: Promoting Media Industry in a Censored Country

Author(s): Khoa Tran, Anh Tuyet Nguyen

According to twofour54's official website, acknowledging the spirit of H.H Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan initiated Abu Dhabi's 2030 Vision with the hope to build a sustainable and diversified economy with a strong recognition of international openness. To achieve this objective, he recognized that media is not only a source of mere entertainment and information; it also plays a vital role in national development and national branding in an international context. Media reflects citizens' collective voice and brings UAE culture and presence to join hands with the modern world's international growth. One of the 2030 subvisions is to make Abu Dhabi a globally recognized hub for the media industry. However, the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi face a conflict in interest between liberal media promotion and national censorship, which protects the UAE's political-cultural stability. To solve this conflict, the Abu Dhabi authority established twofour54 in Abu Dhabi. This research would use film production as a case study for twofour54 regarding solving the media-censorship conflicts.

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