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Jail, Dh2 million fine for accepting payment to publish illegal content in UAE

The UAE Public Prosecution has warned that anyone who receives payment for publishing illegal content or false data will be jailed and fined up to Dh2 million.

The Public Prosecution explained that this is in violation of the federal law on combatting rumours and cybercrimes.

Under the law “any person who requests, accepts, or receives, directly or indirectly, a gratuity or tangible or intangible benefit, or a promise thereof, whether inside or outside the UAE, in return for publishing or re-publishing any type of illegal content or false data in the country using an information technology means, shall be punished with detention and a fine of not more than Dh2 million”.

Authorities will also confiscate the “gratuity or material benefit obtained by said person, or a fine equal in value to what he or she requested or accepted, in the case of failure to confiscate the gratuity”.

The Public Prosecution explained that the “same penalty shall apply to any person who manages or oversees the operation of an online account or website containing offensive content, or rents or buys an advertising space on such online platforms”.

Authorities may also deem a website or online account offensive if they identify repeated publication of false data or illegal content. ICA/Expat Media

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