UAE: Jail term, fine of Rs 1 crore for online slander, swearing

Abu Dhabi: United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities announced the imposition of a fine of up to Dirhams 500,000 (Rs 1,08,78,588) and jail term for those found to be slandering or swearing online.

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The penalties are aimed at combating electronic crimes and rumors, in accordance with Article 43 of the Federal Decree-Law No. 34 of 2021.

UAE Public Prosecution took to Twitter on Wednesday and clarified the penalty for such acts using the world wide web.

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Public Prosecution said, “Whoever swears at others, or attributes thereto an incident that would make another person subject to punishment or disdain by others using an information network, a means of information technology, or an information system shall be sentenced to imprisonment and/or fined a monetary penalty of not less than Dh250,000 and not more than Dh500,000.”

“If the acts are committed against a public employee, or a person assigned to perform a public service, or on the occasion of his performance, this shall constitute a circumstance calling for the application of a heavier punishment for the crime,” the Public Prosecution added.

The penalties are higher if the offenses are directed against a public official or mission.

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Sakina Fatima

Sakina Fatima, a digital journalist with Siasat.com, has a master's degree in business administration and is a graduate in mass communication and journalism. Sakina covers topics from the Middle East, with a leaning towards human interest issues.
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