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Alert created on: 06 Sep 2019 n° 104/2019 United Kingdom

Journalists Ian Cobain and Solomon Hughes Denied Accreditation to the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Arms Fair

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Two journalists, Ian Cobain and Solomon Hughes, have been denied accreditation to the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair by the event’s security team.

Ian Cobain, a senior Middle East Eye journalist, was told on 4 September 2019 that his application to cover the DSEI, which is backed by the British government and is due to take place in London between 10-13 September 2019, had been rejected by the event’s security team. Cobain was initially told that his accreditation was being delayed because the security team was checking whether he was a suitable journalist to be covering the fair. Despite having told the security team that he had been a journalist for more than 35 years, and had reported on several wars, Cobain was notified the following determinations: "After reviewing your application we are unable to establish that you are a journalist/editor/production team member in a relevant field."

Solomon Hughes, a journalist with the UK news and satirical magazine Private Eye, was also banned from the biennial event, despite having reported on it on the last three occasions.
25 Nov 2019
On 7 November 2019, the Middle East Eye reported emails suggesting that Ian Cobain might have been denied entry to the DSEI fair because organisers feared he would cover the event in a negative light.
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