UAE now requires licenses for ‘social media influencers’

The UAE says it will now require anyone conducting “commercial activities” through social media, on channels like YouTube, to register for a government-issued license. (REUTERS)
Updated 06 March 2018
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UAE now requires licenses for ‘social media influencers’

DUBAI: The UAE says it will now require anyone conducting “commercial activities” through social media to register for a government-issued license.
The new rules announced Tuesday target so-called “social media influencers,” who parlay their Internet fame into advertising products.
Officials said the new rules would help ensure “that media material respects the religious, cultural and social values of the UAE.”
Those affected need to register by the end of June or face 5,000 dirham ($1,360) fines.
The UAE requires journalists working in the country to have government-issued press cards. People have also been jailed for their comments online.


Italian mobster jailed for vicious attack on journalist

Updated 18 June 2018
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Italian mobster jailed for vicious attack on journalist

  • Questioned on his ties to the far-right CasaPound movement, Spada suddenly lunged and headbutted the reporter, breaking his nose, before pulling out a cosh, hitting him and chasing him down the street.
  • The Spada clan is notoriously violent. Seven members of the family were sentenced to a combined 56 years in jail in October 2017, and Roberto’s brother Carmine was ordered to serve 10 years in 2016 for extortion and mafia association.

ROME: A notorious Italian mobster, Roberto Spada, was sentenced Monday to six years in jail for violently assaulting a journalist during an interview in 2017, the video of which immediately went viral.
The assault, which shocked Italy, occurred last November in the seaside town of Ostia, near Rome.
Daniele Piervincenzi, who works for the Rai national television broadcaster, was asking the brother of a jailed mafia boss about his political allegiances when he was set upon while a camera was rolling.
Questioned on his ties to the far-right CasaPound movement, Spada suddenly lunged and headbutted the reporter, breaking his nose, before pulling out a cosh, hitting him and chasing him down the street.
Spada was arrested for assault aggravated by mafia-style violence, with prosecutors saying his behavior was typical of methods used by organized crime groups to control territory.
Spada’s accomplice in the assault Ruben Nelson Alvarez del Puerto was jailed for six years.
The sentence is slightly less that the eight years and nine months called for by the public prosecution.
According to Italian media, the sentence also calls for one year’s probation at the end of the prison sentence and compensation to be paid to Piervincenzi and his cameraman Edoardo Anselmi who was also targeted in the attack.
The Spada clan is notoriously violent. Seven members of the family were sentenced to a combined 56 years in jail in October 2017, and Roberto’s brother Carmine was ordered to serve 10 years in 2016 for extortion and mafia association.