CNBC to open Middle East HQ in Abu Dhabi next year

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Updated 12 December 2017
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CNBC to open Middle East HQ in Abu Dhabi next year

LONDON: Global business and financial news network CNBC is set to launch its new Middle East headquarters in Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of next year.
The network will broadcast from a studio in the emirate’s financial hub, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).
CNBC said it will produce a daily global business show from its Abu Dhabi base, while also building up a stronger editorial presence across the region. It is looking to hire at 10 people to work at the new HQ.
“Abu Dhabi offers an excellent base for CNBC in the Middle East. It is home to many of the region’s key businesses and decision-makers as well as being a major financial services hub,” said KC Sullivan, president and managing director of CNBC International.
The broadcaster will also be offering commercial services such as tailored events and research to clients in the region, Sullivan said.
Chairman of ADGM, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, said: “The presence of CNBC here augments Abu Dhabi’s position as one of the leading global business and financial hubs. ADGM will continue to play its part to connect local and global businesses to opportunities in this region, as well as to enable investors to access actionable financial news and information.”
Earlier this year, the network started broadcasting regular live Middle East business updates from the ADGM presented by the Middle East anchor Hadley Gamble, ahead of establishing a permanent studio presence.
CNBC already broadcasts daily from its other regional headquarters in New York, London and Singapore.


Facebook takes down more Myanmar accounts over military links

Updated 19 December 2018
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Facebook takes down more Myanmar accounts over military links

  • The social media giant had previously removed accounts, including that of Myanmar’s army chief
  • The shuttered pages included “seemingly independent news, entertainment, beauty and lifestyle Pages were linked to the Myanmar military”

Facebook Inc. has removed hundreds of additional accounts, pages and groups in Myanmar from its social networks after discovering what it called “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and links to the country’s military.
The social media giant had previously removed accounts, including that of Myanmar’s army chief, after criticism it had failed to act on hate speech amid violence against Rohingya Muslims in the country.
Facebook said in a blog post late on Tuesday that it had removed 425 pages, 17 groups and 135 accounts from its social network and 15 accounts from its Instagram photo-sharing service.
It was continuing to investigate other pages that “mislead others about who they are, or what they’re doing” and could breach the company’s policy on misrepresentation, Facebook said.
The shuttered pages included “seemingly independent news, entertainment, beauty and lifestyle Pages were linked to the Myanmar military” and other pages removed in August, Facebook said.
Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay did not answer a phone call seeking comment on Wednesday.
The removal of Myanmar-linked pages in August followed a UN fact-finding mission that called for top Myanmar generals to be prosecuted for what it said was a campaign of mass killings and gang rape against the Rohingya carried out with “genocidal intent.”
In 2017 the military led a crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents, pushing more than 730,000 Muslims to neighboring Bangladesh, according to UN agencies.
A Reuters special report in August found that Facebook failed to promptly heed numerous warnings from organizations in Myanmar about social media posts fueling attacks on minority groups such as the Rohingya.
The UN fact-finding mission singled out Facebook for criticism over its failure to address hate speech in Myanmar.
Facebook said in November a human rights report it commissioned showed it had not done enough to prevent its social network from being used to incite violence in Myanmar.