By Staff writer
Move being considered after man who uploaded video is arrested
Dubai police are considering changes in the law which would allow the public to film crimes they believe are taking place.
The move comes after the arrest of a 22 year old Indian last week, who filmed an senior UAE official attacking an Indian van driver following a driving incident.
The 22 year old – who then uploaded the video on Youtube – has since been arrested on charges of defamation.
Under UAE law, the Emirati who assaulted the Indian van driver faces up to a year in jail or a maximum of fine of up to AED10,000 for minor assault, while the Indian motorist who filmed and uploaded the video faces a maximum of two years in jail or a fine of up to AED20,000 if convicted of filming without permission or defamation.
Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Acting Chief of Dubai Police told Gulf News that Dubai Police is studying a suggestion which will allow people to send in photos and video clips of those who breaking traffic rules or committing any wrongdoing on main roads that may affect public safety.
However, they are not allowed to put the videos on the web to defame others.
“We are working on implementing this suggestions as per the directions of Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police,” said Major General Al Mazeina.
He said this step is in line with Dubai Police’s keenness to cooperate and communicate with the public on all levels.
Major General Al Mazeina said authorised expatriate and Emiratis will be allowed to take such videos and send them to the Dubai Police operation room.
“People will not be allowed to publish such kind of videos or pictures in any means of media other than sending them to the police operation room, which will allow police to take the required action against the offenders,” he said.
This is certainly good news. Hats off to Dubai Police for considering reforming the current policies and making Dubai a place where human rights are respected and ordinary residents are made partners in the progress of our beloved city! A BIG Thank you to all the wise leaders of this land! God Bless you all.
I am a little confused here. The law stipulates that defaming another person is a crime, in the above case the defendant was filmed by a passer by with out his knowledge and due to that reason the passer by who filmed him will be either jailed or will be fined 20,000 dirhams.
What I have failed to understand is that the victim was not only defamed but humiliated, insulted and beaten in front of public eyes and right in the middle of a busy road, so how come the defendant if convicted get a different sentence then the passer by who filmed the video and if convicted gets double the punishment.
Dubai is a prominent and well known city around the world, I hope that justice will prevail in the above mentioned case and that Dubai will keep its status as a fair city to all, regardless of their race,religion or ethnicity.
Ideally,public should be given an email address like the AMEEN phone number,so that they can email such videos which could help somebody to be saved.
So let us request the authorities to put this email on the important newspapers,which could be handled by officers who will act no sooner,something important comes to their email box.
I guess courage is not a regional hobby.
This is great news.The dubai police chief is the best i have seen.So much proactive..Proud of u
The problem with 'will be allowed to take such videos and send them to the Dubai Police operation room', is that the perception many have (rightly or wrongly), that persons of influence will get away with anything whilst others are punished, is not going to go away and is likely to be fuelled even more by this.
What is done in public, is already in the 'public domain'.
Why try to hide it?
It is not only the matter of photos or video that needs consideration here.
There is a very real perception of bias when it comes to implementing the law in the UAE. Whether that perception is correct or not, it does affect the way people will react to and interact with the police. This is not being addressed.
If an Emirati man had filmed the incident, he would not be in jail today.
There is clearly an issue of double standard.
I agree that we should not be allowed to upload such incidents and events. Whatever you film should be shown to the police or concerned party. Its not entirely fair for viewers to pass judgement or to decide who is guilty or not based on a short clip. After all it could be possible that the portion that is filmed is not the full incident and therefore missing a vital part that would explain a person's actions.
Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan is the best police chief ever who only believes in truth being spoken openly. I just hope and request the authorities not to convict the 22 year old indian uploader, it will be very unfair to jail someone for exposing an obvious crime. He should be recognized for his bravery instead to film someone with a 3-digit number plate, I am sure if it was us, we would have just passed quietly without doing anything seeing the number plate and a local.