Don’t mention the weather. UAE threatens imprisonment over social media videos of storm
Don’t mention the weather
UAE threatens imprisonment over social media videos of storm❞
(...) Emirates 24/7 reports:
During the recent heavy rains across the UAE some individuals behaved irresponsibly on social networking sites, said officials. They shared photos and videos from accidents that occurred during the rainy days and circulated rumours about building collapses and people drowning in rain water, thereby, creating panic among public.
In addition, they ignored the great initiatives by the authorised departments and the heroic efforts by police and civil defence teams
Lawyer Yousef Al Sharif said some people shared videos and images of the weather in a manner that harms the country’s reputation and disrupts public peace. He added that as per law such acts are punishable. Violators can be punished with imprisonment and a fine not exceeding Dh1 million [$270,000] for spreading false information or rumours online that damages the reputation of the country.