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Saudi Arabia set to build new media city

Culture and information minister says international journalist will be given 'flexibility' to operate in country

Saudi Arabia set to build new media city
(Bloomberg)

Saudi Arabia will soon have a new media city that provides technical facilities, amongst others, for local and international journalists operating in the country.

The minister of culture and information, Abed Al-Turaifi, said the media houses will be given “flexibility” to operate within the rules and regulations of the kingdom, according to local media.

He said the move was part of Saudi’s plan to strengthen its media presence abroad.

“We have lagged behind... We are trying to deal with it skilfully,” he said.

The minister added that the new media houses are not part of established media operating in the country or abroad, but that they would help communicate religious and national issues to the public.

He insisted that they would have to obey the country’s rules and regulations.