Emirati journalists often face warnings and threats if they push the limits of acceptable media coverage.
Broadcast media outlets based in the MFZs are regulated by the Technology and Media Free Zone Authority, but are also subject to the 1980 press law and the penal code.
All free zones must obtain approval from the NMC before licensing any print or broadcast activities.
Article 24 makes it a crime to use a computer network to “damage the national unity or social peace.” Article 28 of the law states that the publication or dissemination of information, news, or images deemed “liable to endanger security and its higher interests or infringe on the public order” can be punished with imprisonment and a fine of up to 1 million dirhams (0,000).
Under Article 29, “deriding or harming the reputation, stature, or status of the state, any of its institutions, its president or vice president, the rulers of the emirates, their crown princes or their deputies,” as well as a number of national symbols, is also punishable with imprisonment and a fine of the same amount.
The National Media Council (NMC) is responsible for licensing all publications and issuing press credentials to editors.
Members of the council are appointed by the president.
Users are directed to a proxy server that maintains a list of banned websites and blocks material deemed inconsistent with the “religious, cultural, political, and moral values of the country.” Websites that are considered indecent include those featuring pornography, dating or personal advertisements, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) content.
Some websites based in Israel or covering religions other than Islam, notably the Baha’i faith, are also blocked.
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