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2 detained in UAE for spreading rumours on Covid-19 deaths

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on August 25, 2020 | Last updated on August 25, 2020 at 07.21 pm
covid-19, coronavirus, health ministry, fake news, irresponsible behaviour

(alamy.com/ae)

The UAE authorities on Tuesday issued a stern warning to those sharing fake information about Covid-19 in the country.

An investigation has been launched following a report that was aired on a UAE television channel about members of a family supposedly dying of Covid-19.

The Public Prosecution, in a briefing on Tuesday, said that the report was baseless.

"The incident that was broadcast on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel is false and fabricated, the family does not exist and the story is completely fictitious made up," the prosecution said.

Two accused working for the channel have been taken into preventive detention, it added.


"We are seeking a prosecution and are currently investigating, in order to clarify the situation and elements of what was published and the real motives behind the crime, the entities involved and people behind it," it added.

The UAE authorities on Tuesday issued a stern warning to those sharing fake information about Covid-19 in the country, as well as indulging in other irresponsible practices.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said strict action will be taken against anyone who is reckless and acts irresponsibly.

"We have not and will not be lenient with anyone who doesn't follow their duty and is irresponsible, we will apply the law firmly and decisively, given that the recklessness in sharing inaccurate information has a negative effect on society," the NCEMA said, citing the Public Prosecution.


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