Sunday, May 01, 2011

Saudi Arabia hammers press freedom

The Saudi King has imposed draconian press restrictions on his country to curb reporting of discontent and dissapointment:

Saudi king tightens media restrictions
Kuwait Times - 01 May, 2011
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has imposed new media restrictions and threatened hefty fines and closure of news organisations allegedly undermining national security, press reports said yesterday.

Under a decree issued on Friday, the media will be prohibited from reporting anything that contradicts the strict Islamic sharia law or serves "foreign interests and undermines national security". The decree requires publishers to stick "to objective and constructive criticism that serves the general interest", media reports said, adding that violators face fines of up to 500,000 riyals ($ 133,000).


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