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KSA to introduce permits for bloggers 24, September 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Saudi Arabia.
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The Saudi Arabian Information and Culture Ministry announced that all those who publish on the web on blogs or other online media will need to register with the government.

The official reason given was that this would help to cut down on libel and defamation and “is not intended to limit free speech”. Mmm. Not at all.

Currently, online media is the last bastion of vaguely free media space available. TV and newspapers have been carefully controlled, monitored, and regulated for some time now and are incredibly tame. The Government also has a history of arresting bloggers and banning countless pages of online content.