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Spreading rumours? Expect jail time!

The UAE Ministry of Interior have warned that jail time of up to 3 years could be given if rumours are spread across the internet, the reasoning for the harsh sentence is due to the possible threat to the public and national security it could cause. 

Director of law promotion office in the secretariat of the UAE Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, Colonel Salah Al Ghool said: "Those who deliberately spread such rumors or lies could face jail of one month to three years."

The reminder of this law comes after many rumours spread across Twitter after the fire in Sulafa Tower in Dubai Marina, and the accident on Emirates Flight EK521. 

Al Ghool added: "We call on the public not to rely on such information. In the UAE, there are official platforms which provide accurate information and they should be the sole accurate source of any news for the public."