Expat Fined and Deported for Offensive Social Media Post

Expat Fined and Deported for Offensive Social Media Post

15 Jul 2015

The Abu Dhabi resident was found guilty of using offensive language online

Australian graphics arts teacher Jodi Magi was deported, according to a report in Gulf News, after being found guilty of posting foul language on social media.

The teacher reportedly had posted a picture of a vehicle parked across two spots reserved for the disabled on her personal Facebook page earlier this year.

The image was accompanied with a insulting message including the words ‘crazy’ and other slangs directed at the vehicle’s driver, according to the report. The European vehicle owner had then complained to the authorities about the offensive message. 

The National Media Council (NMC) was quoted saying, "Following a complaint from the car's owner, a European, Magi, admitted having posted the photo online but not the incriminating text."

Her husband told police that while Magi had posted the pictures online, but she had not written the offensive statement.

The report highlighted that in April, Magi was sentenced to pay a Dhs10,000 fine and deportation in absentia. After being detained, she had later unsuccessfully attempted to appeal the verdict, although she was released on bail the same day, the NMC said.

The Dh10,000 fine was paid in July before the deportation order was issued and Magi was sent to Bangkok as her ‘destination of choice’ the NMC revealed.

A statement issued by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said, “Ms Jodi Magi was sentenced for a cybercrimes offence. On July 12, Ms Magi presented herself to a court in Abu Dhabi to pay a court ordered fine and was taken into custody pending deportation to Australia.”