‘Saudi TV stations do not have exclusive rights to national events’

Updated 19 December 2017
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‘Saudi TV stations do not have exclusive rights to national events’

RIYADH: The president of the General Commission of Audiovisual Media (GCAM), Rida bin Mohammed Al-Haidar, said the new GCAM system aims to organize the activities of the audiovisual media in the Kingdom in accordance with the Kingdom’s media policy which seeks to expand media production and create value content, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
He said the system, which has recently been approved by the Council of Ministers, banned the encryption of media related to events of a national nature in order to enhance national unity and the principle of homeland for all.
The GCAM chief stressed that the new system would protect the interests and rights of Saudi staff working in media institutions. In case licenses of these institutions are canceled or suspended, the GCAM will take all necessary measures to ensure that the interests of the working staff are not harmed and that their rights are protected, he said, adding the GCAM will provide full protection of their rights when disputes are settled.
He urged all entities engaged in the audiovisual media to speed up the harmonization of their activities with the provisions and regulations of the new audiovisual system.
He said the GCAM has given to all parties engaged in the audiovisual area enough time, extending to 12 months, to correct their status. He said the new system has asked government and private TV and broadcasting channels to have licenses and be subject to the regulations and provisions of the GCAM.


Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

We should have been clearer in our communication and engagement, said Maas. (AFP)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

  • The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity
  • We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics: Maas

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday welcomed a statement by the German foreign minister pledging his intention to work toward strengthening ties and enhancing cooperation between the two countries. 

Riyadh said the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Germany was a “historic and important” one, and the countries played a leading role in bolstering international security and stability, and the global economy. 

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity, “so that both countries may begin a new phase of close cooperation in all areas to the benefit of both our countries and peoples.”

Earlier, the German foreign minister said relations had “witnessed misunderstandings” in recent months “which stand in sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties. We sincerely regret this.”

The minister said: “We should have been clearer in our communications and engagement in order to avoid such misunderstandings.

“We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics.

“Saudi Arabia plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. As there is a broad range of bilateral and international issues to discuss, we will do our best to make this partnership with the Kingdom even stronger than before.

“Considering our role in Europe and the world, improving our ties with Saudi Arabia will serve the interest of both nations and peoples.”