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Saudi media laws to protect against pornography

General Commission for Audiovisual Media will regulate the content in media outlets in the kingdom

Saudi media laws to protect against pornography
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Saudi’s Council of Ministers has asked the General Commission for Audiovisual Media to regulate the content in media outlets “so as to protect society from the spread of pornography”, it was reported.

Minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz Khoja said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the Cabinet session that the Commission was tasked with drafting laws to cover both traditional and electronic media in the kingdom.

It would also “take steps to keep abreast of the latest technological developments and educate the media about their role in using modern communications and information technology in the service of society”, the Saudi Gazette reported.

Under the edict, the Cabinet ordered the commission to educate the public on the positive role modern communication and media technology could play but wanted to warn the public about dangerous content harmful to individuals and society.

Among its tasks, the commission would issue warnings to the media against any potential harmful content, while a national committee would regulate the content of media platforms.

“The new committee will play a significant role in monitoring media content in general and promoting media awareness among the public,” Khoja was quoted as saying by Arab News.

The move follows a proposal from the Higher Committee for Administrative Organisation concerning media affairs.

It comes as Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Asheikh warned recently against attempts to spread propaganda and attack the state through social media platforms.

“They seek to undermine the social fabric and are platforms for malice that promote misleading doctrines,” the mufti said during a speech at Taibah University in Madinah.

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