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Emirati media person arrested for making ‘racist comments’ in online video

Emirati media person arrested for making ‘racist comments’ in online video

The video sought to “create divisions based on ethnicity and nationality”, officials said

An Emirati media person has been detained for making “racists” remarks in an online video, official news agency WAM reported.

The UAE Federal Public Prosecution has ordered the arrest and provisional detention of the individual, the report stated.

The federal investigations office of the Public Prosecution noticed a video of the accused being circulated online, which sought to “create divisions based on ethnicity and nationality among the various communities living in the UAE”.

The video was particularly offensive to one community, the report said.

It was found to be an “affront to the UAE and its efforts to disseminate the values of tolerance, besides violating the UAE’s foundational principles of justice and equality”, it added.

A spokesperson for the Federal Public Prosecution said that the accused was under investigation and that the legal process was underway.

He warned all social media users to adhere to the UAE’s law and respect the country’s values.

The spokesperson also urged people not to discriminate against others on the basis of ethnicity, religion, language or gender.

“These are our fundamentals and no infringement on them will be tolerated,” he added.

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