I was put in jail for posting a comedy sketch on YouTube. Is this the modern UAE? | Shezanne Cassim

PUBLISHED February 9, 2014

In January 2014, I was released from a maximum-security prison in the middle of a desert in the United Arab Emirates. I had been imprisoned for nine months, all but two weeks without a conviction. The reason? UAE authorities accused me of threatening the country's national security by creating a sketch-comedy video parodying teenagers in Dubai and posting it on YouTube.

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