10 Countries With Ridiculous Internet Laws

United Arab Emirates

Law of the Land: The UAE built a firewall blocking all porn-related material, chat rooms, dating sites, and all VOIP (Voice Over Internet protocol) services like Skype. If users even enter the synonym for "cat," or search for any feline-related material, they’ll be denied access. Even certain Wikipedia pages are blocked.

Penalties: Ahmen Mohammed bin Gharib, editor of e-magazine Hetta, was fined 20,000 dirhams ($5,400) for discussing the “administrative corruption” and “embezzlement” practices of state-controlled media outlet, Dhabi Media Company. In addition, anyone opposing Islam religion or violating family values online can face jail time as well.

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