UAE Laws and Islamic Finance

Laws of the UAE and Islamic Finance

Archive for January 7, 2010

What you May Want to know Before Publishing in the UAE

Article 372 of the UAE Penal Code, Federal Law No. 3 of 1987 states, “Whoever attributes to another person by any means of publicity, an incident which makes him liable to punishment or contempt, shall be punished by detention for a period not exceeding two years or by a fine not exceeding twenty thousand Dirhams.

Punishment by detention and a fine or by either of these two penalties shall be applied if the libel is committed against a public official or one who is in charge of a public service, during, in respect of, or on the occasion of performing the duties or public service assigned to him, of if the libel affects the honor or injures the reputation of families, or if it is observed that the libel is intended to achieve an illicit purpose.

If libel is committed by means of a publication in any of the newspapers or other printed media, it shall be considered an aggravating circumstance.”

Article 378 of the UAE Penal Code, Federal Law No. 3 of 1987 states, “Whoever publishes news, pictures, or comments related to the secrets of private or family life of persons even if they are true, shall be punished by detention for a period not exceeding one year and by a fine not exceeding ten thousand Dirhams, or by one of these two penalties.”

In both of these instances, the law may be construed to cover publishing or publicizing information relating to public and business life as well even if the information is true.  Publicizing includes any form of media including Internet websites and blogging.  Recently, Developers have been using this as a basis to threaten investors from publicizing their matters in any form of media whatsoever.  Be aware of these two Articles of the UAE Penal Code, Federal Law No. 3 of 1987 before publishing anything through any type of media whatsoever in the UAE.

UAE Laws and Islamic Finance

Laws of the UAE and Islamic Finance