Khaleej Times, 31 July 2023: The Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution has summoned a lawyer for investigation after she posted a video about a court case in order to gain followers. The information spread in the video stated a father who had been sued by a son for insulting him had been convicted in court, which was false.
Authorities urged people spreading information in videos to make sure it has been verified by official sources.
Spreading rumours and false news can lead to a sentence of at least one year in prison and a fine of not less than 100,000 AED.
Article 52 of Federal Decree-Law No. 34/2021 states “Whoever uses the information network or any information technology means to announce, disseminate, re-disseminate, circulate, or recirculate false news or data, or false, tendentious, misleading or erroneous rumors or reports, contrary to what has been officially announced; or broadcasts any provocative advertisements that would incite or provoke the public opinion, shall be punished with at least one year of imprisonment and a fine of not less than 100,000 AED.”
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