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UAE Public Prosecution Warns of Heavy Penalties for Spreading Fake News

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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The Public Prosecution social media handles posted a video reminding the public about penalties for spreading fake news and rumours. A hefty fine or imprisonment could be slapped on culprits under the Federal Decree Law No. 34 of 2021.

In the social media posts, the Public Prosecution mentioned that the Article 52 of the law prohibits anyone from using the internet to publish and spread fake news, rumours or misleading information. As per the Article, only news published by official sources is to be taken into consideration.

Violators of the law could be imprisoned for atleast one year and fined Dh100,000 for spreading fake news, rumours or misleading information. The penalties will be heightened to two years of imprisonment and a Dh200,000 fine if fake news is spread against the state authorities.

The social media post from the Public Prosecution handles are published as a part of the legal awareness campaign that it is running.

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