This is the kind of policy that titillates the statist minds of the EU bureacrats. “How best to control public discontent and scrutiny in the modern age of the internet.” No doubt they’re envious of the Saudi regime. KGS
THE SAUDI NOOSE
TSN: Soon the noose will begin to strangle, inshallah!
Saudi Arabia clamps down on bloggers, news sites, others
Publishing to the web now requires a licence
03 Jan 2011 14:46 | by Dean Wilson in Dublin | posted in Internet
Saudi Arabia is beginning a major internet clamp-down, starting with blogs, forums, news sites, personal websites, electronic archives, chat rooms and online ads.
New regulations were approved by Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Mohee Al-Dien Khoga, the Minister of Culture and Information, which will require licences for the operation of an e-publishing site within the country when the laws come into effect in a month’s time,
Anyone who writes on a blog, online newspaper, or similar form of electronic publishing will be required to meet the following obligations: they must be a Saudi national, over 20, hold a high school or higher qualification, be of good conduct and behaviour, and hold an appropriate licence given by the Ministry.