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Public service or public shaming?

Discussion in 'Social Life' started by Bonjiek Dakoykoy, Jul 19, 2015.

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  1. Bonjiek Dakoykoy

    Bonjiek Dakoykoy
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    Few days ago, there was a news about this Australian woman who was locked up and deported from UAE after posting a photo of a car blocking two handicapped parking spots. The vehicle has no disabled stickers blocking two car spots reserved for those with disabilities. The woman defended that a $3600 fine and deportation with a complimentary incarceration period was an extreme reaction to a jpg of a car when she did not swear or mention a single name and blocked the registration plate.

    In Qatar, it was highly unlikely that an expat or Qatari would be arrested for posting a similar picture, according to Criminal attorney and former justice minister Dr. Najeeb Al Nuaimi.

    That’s because Qatar and the UAE differ in their definitions of slander, libel and public shaming.

    "In the UAE, this (incident) is seen as 'you’re showing someone in a bad light' or that you’re questioning the duty of the police."

    "They didn't do their job well, and have let this happen, and now you're posting it and offending them," he said.

    Here, however, the local government would regard sharing such a photo as a "a mark of public service".

    Read more here

    Any thoughts?

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