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Dh20,000 fine in UAE for sharing and posting fake health news


DUBAI – Posting or spreading fake health information in the UAE will be punishable with a Dh20,000 fine, the UAE Government announced on Saturday (April 18).

“It is strictly prohibited for anyone to publish, re-publish, or circulate false, misleading, misrepresented, unofficially published or unapproved health information or guidelines by the Ministry (of Health and Prevention) or the health regulators,” the UAE Government tweeted.

The latest decision applies to any post published on traditional or online media, including social media.
The Cabinet also said that contradicting any announcement by health authorities is also prohibited.

The UAE Government said that violators will be fined Dh20,000 by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

Earlier this month, the Dubai Media Office dismissed as fake a video that has been widely circulated on social media showing a man who allegedly died of coronavirus in Dubai.

The video shows a man appearing to twitch violently while lying on the ground. According to the Dubai Media Office, this was an old footage of a man having an epileptic seizure.

Under the UAE law, spreading rumours and false information is a crime punishable with a fine of up to Dh3 million and jail term.

Also this month, the Community Development Authority denied rumours that phone calls and social media were being monitored in the country following Covid-19 fears. ICA/Expat Media

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