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Saudi moves to regulate video-sharing sites

Culture ministry to ensure content observes kingdom’s laws

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Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information is set to introduce new regulations governing all video and image-sharing websites on the Internet to ensure they comply with the country's laws, Arab News reported.

According to Hamza Al-Ghubaishi, organiser of the recent Digital Visual Forum event, the ministry's General Authority for Audio and Visual Media will oversee the implementation of the new rules.

Speaking at a forum during the event, Al-Ghubaishi said people in the country are not aware that permits are required to produce content for online video websites like YouTube.

"Many such clips contain ethical and religious violations. There has been no government body until now to supervise or regulate such channels, or issue permits," he told Arab News.

He said the authority will also raise awareness among young people on the importance of quality production.

Al-Ghubaishi added that the establishment of cinemas in the kingdom is still being considered by Saudi authorities.

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