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Coronavirus: Asian man arrested in UAE for promoting fake news

Video posted on social media was intended to spread fear and panic

Coronavirus: Asian man arrested in UAE for promoting fake news

Dubai Police has urged members of the public to report any breaches to the Police Eye service available on the Dubai Police app, or to the e-crime.ae platform.

Dubai Police has arrested an Asian man for posting a video on social media promoting fake news.

According to a statement from the police authority, the video was intended to spread fear among community members.

The statement said: “Dubai Police herby warns that spreading rumours is a serious offence that will be severely penalised as per Article 198 of the federal law concerning Information Technology – which states that any person who intentionally disseminates false or malicious news, statements, rumours or disruptive propaganda, intending to prejudice the public security, to spread fear among people or to inflict damage to the public interest, shall be punished.”

Dubai Police has urged members of the public to report any breaches to the Police Eye service available on the Dubai Police app, or to the e-crime.ae platform.

It is the latest arrest made by Dubai Police against individuals breaking the strict laws implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Last month a European personal trainer was arrested on Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) after posting a video urging people to ignore restrictions and visit the beach; while another European of Asian descent was arrested for encouraging people to ignore the social distancing rules.

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