American detained in Dubai for online parody video: activists

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A London-based human rights group says an American man is being held by authorities in Dubai for posting a parody video about youth culture in the emirate.

The alleged arrest of 29-year-old Shezanne Cassim of Woodbury, Minn., would be the first under tougher measures governing Internet use in the United Arab Emirates, The Associated Press reported.

The Emirates Center for Human Rights said Mr. Cassim was arrested in April and charged under a 2012 cybercrimes law for a video that poked fun at how young people in the region are fascinated by the power of social media.

The U.S. Embassy had no comment, AP reported.

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