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UAE: online forum administrator sentenced to prison

Categories: United Arab Emirates

Earlier this month, on August 8th, Mohamed Rashed al-Shohhi, an online forum administrator in the Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah (UAE) has been sentenced [1] to one year in prison and a fine of nearly US$ 13,600 (Dh50,000) for content deemed defamatory [2] published by anonymous on the popular forum board he moderated majan.net [3] (suspended).
It has also been reported that the department of e-government services managed to access the forum’s control panel looking for registrants email addresses. And it seems that this has led to the arrest, on August 19th, of a forum registrant, Khaled El Asli.