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Legal Consultants View on Spreading Fake News

Posted by hassan on April 25th, 2020

We read plenty of things online specifically to our social media feeds that may appear to be authentic, frequently isn't. Fake news is information or hoaxes created to intentionally deceive or misinform readers.

Generally, such news is created to both have an impact on people's view, initiate political propaganda, or to create chaos resulting in the commercial business for publishers. Top Lawyers of Dubai will discuss in this article the legal implications one may face post publishing fake news on social media or any other online platform.

UAE has continually been an area of safety and protection, regardless of any misleading information. The government never fails to implement laws and regulations safeguarding the interest of society at large. The objective to achieve a healthy and safe society, the country has zero-tolerance towards any criminal activity resulting in personal or public injury. The UAE has confirmed itself to be stringent about making sure the protection of human rights and preserving order and protection with the aid of constantly having the updated technology and education. The government is always prepared with initiatives protecting residents of the UAE.

Under the Cybercrime Law of UAE (Federal Law Number 5 of 2012), spreading fake news through an online platform is a serious offence may result in severe penalties. In accordance with Article 29 of the Cybercrime law, 'anyone whosoever publishes any information, news or rumour on any website or through an information technology network with an intention to make sarcastic remarks or intend to damage reputation or prestige of the state or any governmental official or members of Royal Family or against the national symbol, logo or anthem shall be punished with temporary imprisonment along with a fine not exceeding 1 Million Dirhams fine.'

As evident, any news which is untrue or has the potential to tarnish the country's reputation or integrity is strictly forbidden in the country. Importantly, any news if shared which may hamper the public image, the publisher will face severe repercussions. Apart from the foregoing, any information breaching someone's privacy will also be considered as a criminal act and is prohibited under the Cybercrime Law.

Modern technology comes with advanced penalties as well, yet one should be aware of the legal consequences of sharing the wrong information or spreading fake news in the UAE. Nowadays, it isn't uncommon to see various news on our social media websites and accordingly sharing them without knowing its authenticity. Ergo, it is utmost necessary to think twice before pressing the share button as it may invite a fine of 1 Million Dirhams. If you come across such news try to read more about the news before spreading and understand its validity.


Dr. Hassan Elhais is a legal consultant in Dubai, specializing in the drafting of all statements of claim, memos, and consultation on litigation of all manner.


Also See: Fake News, Spreading Fake, Social Media, Cybercrime Law, News, Uae, Fake

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