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RO3,000 fine, three year imprisonment for spreading rumours

21 Sep 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The Public Prosecution has warned that publishing any news to stir up public opinion or for the purpose of spreading rumors is a crime punishable by imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of RO3,000.
The Public Prosecution issued a statement that it has monitored an ‘increasing frequency of abusive writings and sensational rumors and the publication of news that includes attributing criminal acts to individuals or institutions on social media platforms’.
The Public Prosecution confirmed ‘that publishing such news is a crime punishable by imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of RO3,000’. It affirmed that posting on social media is not a method of reporting, and may affect investigation procedures.
‘We will take all appropriate legal measures against anyone who commits such writings and create rumors, or promotes, incites or assists them in any way, in accordance with the laws and regulations in force,’ said the Public Prosecution.

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