Retweeters of offensive tweets face same punishment

Updated 12 February 2014
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Retweeters of offensive tweets face same punishment

A prominent legal consultant has warned that Twitter users who retweet abusive or offensive tweets will be liable to the same punishment as the original posters of such remarks.
Humoud Al-Khaldi said that penal action would be taken against offenders in compliance with Article 6 of the Anti-Cyber Crime Law, which stipulates that anyone involved in the production, transmission or storage of material infringing on public order, religious values or privacy would be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison or a maximum fine of SR3 million or face both forms of punishment.
“Computer crime that takes place on Twitter, a leading social networking site that is used widely, poses a threat to the cohesion of the social fabric of society. Many have exploited Twitter to propagate false ideas and aberrant practices that many have fallen victim to, disregarding the moral and ethical values of our society, religion and traditions,” Al-Khaldi said.
“Hundreds of users posting anonymously or under fictitious names speak on issues which they are ignorant of, making judgmental remarks and instigating unrest,” said Al-Khaldi.
“This reinforces the importance of implementing strict laws to prevent such forms of cyber crime from taking place on Saudi and Gulf soil,” said Al-Khaldi.
He explained that one such initiative is the adoption and approval of a uniform code for ensuring cyber security in GCC countries.
“Social media is supposed to be a place for sharing stories, ideas and opinions. This kind of cyber crime will make users think twice before re-posting,” said Ahmed Abdulmajeed, a Twitter user.


Saudi Arabian Tourism and Heritage Authority registers 43 archaeological sites

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Saudi Arabian Tourism and Heritage Authority registers 43 archaeological sites

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Tourism and Heritage Authority has registered 43 archaeological sites across the Kingdom during the section quarter of this year.
Among the registered sites are 26 locations in the holy city of Makkah, including Al-Hafaira in the governorate of Al-Taif, and two archaeological sites in the governorate of Al-Jamoom,
It also includes nine in the region of Assir, including a site in the city of Bel Qarn, in south Saudi Arabia, and a location at the Shefa Saad site and several others in Wadi Ne’am in the governorate of Tathleeth.
The Kingdom has announced the registration of 32 archaeological sites during the first quarter of 2018.
The authority has also launched established the national electronic register for the documentation of archaeological and historical sites in the Kingdom.
It allows recording their details electronically so that they can be protected and developed. Through this important national project, the Authority has managed to register 8268 archaeological sites so far in the various regions of the Kingdom.