MIDDLE EAST. ARAB PRESS IGNORES UN VOTE AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
December 19, 2007: the Arab press largely ignored the news on the UN General Assembly's non-binding vote on a death penalty moratorium.
Most of the space in the Arab press was instead dedicated to the Islamic feast of Eid al-Adha or the feast of sacrifice, which is celebrated on December 19, at the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca. Only a couple of news sources mentioned the issue briefly such as Qatari TV network Al Jazeera, who singled out Singapore as one of the countries who voted against the measure. (Sources: AKI, 19/12/2007)