Jail time for spreading rumours on 'April Fools Day' in the UAE
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Jail time for spreading rumours on ‘April Fools Day’ in the UAE

Jail time for spreading rumours on ‘April Fools Day’ in the UAE

Spreading false news or rumours can lead to imprisonment of no less than one year

Spreading false rumours or deliberately broadcasting news or provocative propaganda in the UAE will be subject to punitive actions.

The UAE Public Prosecution took to social media to confirm that all those that engage in such actions shall be penalised with imprisonment of no less than a year, if it would wreak public security or harm public interest.

The Public Prosecution indicated that rumours negatively affect society, harm public interests and disturb public security. Such breaches of the law will be dealt, in accordance with Article 198 of the Federal Penal Code of the UAE.

 

In December last year, the UAE Public Prosecution also raised awareness on the penalties regarding the possession and distribution of material that incites racial, religious and cultural hatred.

Read: Jail time, stiff fines for promoting hate speech, UAE Public Prosecution warns

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