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Saudi to crack down on media 'anarchy'

By Staff Writer

Saudi Arabia intends to introduce curbs on media activities within a new print and copyrights law that involves a crackdown on "anarchy" in this sector, the Gulf kingdom's Minister of Culture and Information has said.

Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja said the ministry is in the process of preparing the new law, which will be compatible with the latest developments in information and telecommunications technology worldwide.

Quoted by the Saudi Arabic language daily Okaz yesterday, Khoja said the new law is intended to streamline all activities related to print, satellite and electronic media and to define their responsibilities, duties and functions. "I have made it a priority to eliminate media anarchy in space and internet because such activities need to be organised. We should not let any mad person encroach on the privacy of the people and insult them under the excuse of freedom of expression," he said.


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