New licensing laws for digital media
The National Media Council (NMC) has announced regulations for electronic media, governing all online activities, including e-commerce; publishing and selling of print, video, and audio material; and advertising.
The NMC said: “The regulations seek, first and foremost, to help the UAE media sector remain on top of the rapid developments in electronic media, in addition to enriching and organising digital content, and ensuring that media material respects the religious, cultural and social values of the UAE, all the while promoting freedom of expression and constructive dialogue.”
Websites of licensed traditional media fall under the provisions of this regulation and do not need to secure new licences. The websites of government entities, universities and schools are excluded from the system. However, influencers are likely to need licences.