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AED250,000 fine and jail term await for individuals who defame people on social media

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Ruining someone’s reputation is a no-no here in the UAE. Below is your legal course if you have been a victim of online defamation or cybercrime in the country. 

Under the UEA law, individuals who are found to be guilty of online defamation shall be punished by imprisonment of a period of at least six months and a fine not less than AED150,000 and not in excess of AED500,000 or either of these two penalties whoever uses a computer network or and electronic information system. 

The law: 

Eavesdropping, interception, recording, transferring, transmitting or disclosure of conversations or communications, or audio or visual materials, photographing others or creating, transferring, disclosing, copying or saving electronic photos, publishing news, electronic photos or photographs, scenes, comments, statements or information even if true and correct, shall also be punished by imprisonment for a period of at least one year and a fine of not less than AED250,000 and not in excess of AED500,000 or either of these two penalties whoever uses an electronic information system or any information technology means for amending or processing a record, photo or scene for the purpose of defamation of or offending another person or for attacking or invading his privacy a fine not exceeding AED10,000 shall be imposed upon anyone who, by any means of publicity, disgraces the honor or the modesty of another person without attributing any particular act to the defamed party. 

Detention for a period not exceeding two years and a fine not exceeding AED20,000 or either of these two, shall apply if a public official or one who is in charge of public service has been abused during, because or, or on the occasion. 

Detention for a period not exceeding two years and a fine not exceeding AED20,000 to either of these two, shall apply if a public official or one who is in charge of public service has been abused during, because of, or on the occasion of performing his duty or public service, if the abuse affects the honor or injures the reputation of families, or it is noticed that the abuse is intended to achieve an illegal purpose. 

However, if the abuse is published in any newspaper or printed media, it shall be considered an aggravated case. 

How to file a formal complaint: 

You may file a complaint through Dubai Police’s online porta–ecrime.ae–or visit the Public Prosecution’s website at www.pp.gov.ae. 

One can also visit the closest police station or call 999. 

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got story to tell? Email him at eic@theglobalfilipinomagazine.com.

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