Managing editor of Gulf News loses his job

Gulf News managing editor Michael Stent has suddenly departed after less than a year running the UAE’s most popular English language paper.

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By  Tim Addington Published  July 17, 2005

Gulf News managing editor Michael Stent has suddenly departed after less than a year running the UAE’s most popular English language paper. Staff at the Gulf News had not seen the South African editor for several days before he left his post, Campaign Middle East understands. The newspaper has a policy whereby employees who take unauthorised leave can be instantly dismissed. Senior executives at Gulf News remained tight-lipped on the matter, refusing to provide a spokesperson despite repeated requests from Campaign Middle East. Stent was responsible for the newspaper’s editorial content as well as driving the paper’s direction. Abdul Hamid Ahmad, editor-in-chief of Gulf News, is expected to take over Stent’s responsibilities in the short term. A strong advocate of increased press freedom in the UAE, Stent was a regular contributor to The Editors radio programme on Dubai Eye, wrote several articles and delivered speeches on the subject. Before arriving in Dubai, Stent was one of the founding members of the UK’s Independent newspaper and became the managing editor of its sister title the Independent of Sunday. The news comes as another editor, OK! Middle East’s Jason Coates, walked out last week, sighting “internal politics” as the cause.

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