United Arab Emirates

first_img United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa March 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 United Arab Emirates RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group News RSF_en United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa The United Arab Emirates is one of the bestconnected countries in the region, alongsideBahrain and Qatar.The government generally blocks content that“harms Islam”. Pornography,gambling and homosexuality aretaboo subjects on the Internet, butit is not unusual to find websitesmade inaccessible for politicalreasons. Criticism of the governmentis also a very sensitive issue.The appeal court in Ras alKhaimah on 20 January 2008quashed all charges against the owner of thewebsite www.majan.net, Muhammad RashedShehhi, who was sued for “defamation” over an“offensive” comment posted on his site by anInternet user. Muhammad Rashed Shehhi hadbeen sentenced on 8 August 2007 to one year inprison and a fine equivalent to 15,000 euros.During his appeal hearing in October, the prosecutorhad called for a five-month prison sentenceagainst him.The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority(TRA) has called on the national telecommunicationscompany, Etisalat, to block access to allwebsites with an Israeli domain name (.il). Butnot all pro-Israel sites are censored. TheJerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) is,for example, accessible.Social networking sites are also targetedfor censorship, such as Hi5,Facebook, Friendster, and all thosewebsites that host dating servicessuch as Yahoo! Personals andMatch.com.Some websites are inaccessible because ofSaudi Arabian censorship since the two countriesshare an information channel. Since thestart of 2008, the Saudi communications authorityhas ordered the closure of some websitesbecause of their content dealing with religiousaffairs or morals. The website on blog hostingand design Onix.com has been inaccessiblesince December. The blog of Eve, a Saudiwoman who cover the rights of women and religiousaffairs in the country, has suffered thesame fate. News April 28, 2021 Find out more News to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on United Arab Emirates Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Organisation News June 8, 2021 Find out more December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more