He UAE Government has issued a federal decree-law on media regulation, which aims to organize media activities in the UAE and promote its status as a global media hub, and establish an enabling environment to catalyze the growth and prosperity of the sector of the media.
The provisions of the decree apply to individuals, organizations, media outlets and dedicated media free zones in the UAE. It allows both natural and legal persons to own institutions and media outlets in accordance with specific regulations and conditions.
According to the decree, media activities include the production, circulation, printing and publication of media content. It also includes audio, video and digital broadcasting, free of charge or at a cost.
This includes all matters relating to the issuance and supervision of licenses and permits for the execution of media activities by individuals, media establishments and institutions, covering radio and television broadcasting; cinematographic films and creative productions; newspapers and publications; digital and electronic media activities; book fairs; foreign publications; foreign media offices; print, circulate and publish multimedia content; and aerial, land and maritime imaging operations.
Likewise, the provisions of the federal decree organize the authorities of the UAE Media Council and local government entities interested in regulating media affairs.
According to the decree, all individuals and media institutions operating within the UAE must comply with national standards for media content, in particular respecting divine and Islamic beliefs, as well as all other religions and beliefs; respect the sovereignty, symbols and institutions of the country, and the supreme interests of the UAE and its society; respect the country’s directions and policies at the local and international level; avoid any action that may have an adverse impact on the foreign relations of the UAE; and respect the culture and civilization, national identity and values of the UAE community.
Furthermore, the media and individuals must refrain from disseminating or circulating information that may offend or compromise national unity or social cohesion, incite violence, hatred or propagate a spirit of discord among members of society, the legal and economic system of the UAE, ensuring justice and security is not exploited or abused; as well as respecting privacy regulations and people’s private lives; refrain from publishing, disseminating or circulating rumors, false and misleading news or the publication of any matter that may constitute incitement to commit a crime.
According to the decree, the UAE Media Council is responsible for issuing permits for the screening of film productions and other creative productions. In addition to defining Media Content Rating System classifications for print and creative productions, including books, video games and film production. The Council will also be responsible for determining the age groups eligible to view multimedia and entertainment content.
The Council is also responsible for issuing permits to persons who provide advertising or media content on social networks and other modern technical means, free of charge or for a fee.
The decree orders that licensed or authorized persons and media outlets be subject to surveillance and supervision by the competent authority; allows the Council to carry out surveillance and inspection of people, media and media institutions, including free zones.
According to the Decree-Law, the UAE Media Councilin coordination with the relevant authorities will promote the protection of intellectual property among individuals, establishments and media institutions in the UAE.
The decree law granted people, organizations and media a period of time to comply with the provisions of the Decree-Law and its Executive Regulations, within a period of twelve months from the entry into force of its provisions, extendable by decision. of the Cabinet.
News source: Emirates News Agency