Saudi Arabia to launch ethical charter for social media use

Updated 21 December 2017

Saudi Arabia to launch ethical charter for social media use

JEDDAH: The Ethical Charter of Social Media, launched by the New Media Center with the support of the Saudi General Authority of Audiovisual Media, aims to establish ethical frameworks for social media use, which has increased rapidly in the Kingdom.
The problems to be tackled include racism, discrimination, xenophobia, bullying and invasion of privacy.
Saudis use social media for an average of five hours per day, according to a study conducted by international market research firm YouGov.
The charter will be written by users of communication networks from all over the Kingdom, said Abdullah Al-Shamlani, spokesman for the General Authority of Audiovisual Media.
It will be designed to allow all citizens who wish to be involved to participate in the drafting of the first official version of the Kingdom’s ethical charter for social media.
“The creation of the charter will go through two parallel paths,” Al-Shamlani told Arab News.
“One is dialogue between specialists in various fields and influencers in the media world through specially designed workshops,” he said.
“The other path is lectures and workshops attended by the public in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah,” he added.
“Others who wish to participate in the charter can give us their suggestions via our website, and their suggestions will be reviewed by a special committee,” Al-Shamlani said.
“We’ll compile the proposals and redraft them as a nucleus of laws of regulation to be proposed to official legislative bodies.”
Academics and consultants formulated the themes addressed in the workshops. Majed Al-Ghamedi, a media researcher who presented a workshop titled “Media and values,” told Arab News: “Ethical media charters aren’t usually followed around the world. They’re principles that society should be aware of, unless they become laws and regulations that control the media landscape.
He said: “However, there are certain areas that can’t be governed by laws, but only by one’s conscience.”
He added: “The content I presented discussed addiction to using social networks, and values that should control online content, which should be either positive and valuable, or safe entertainment that doesn’t cause any harm at the social or personal level.”
Whoever signs the charter will be expected to accept its conditions, standards and controls, and promote its vision in creating valuable and positive online content. The charter will be officially launched at the New Media Award Ceremony on Dec. 28.

Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

Updated 15 November 2018

Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday he was seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed in the country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 after a struggle by a lethal injection dose and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, he told reporters in Riyadh.

The Prosecutor said Khashoggi’s body parts were then handed over to a local Turkish agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said, adding that the drawing of the agent has been prepared and will be handed over to the Turkish authorities.

He said that the head of Khashoggi’s repatriation team was the one who ordered the killing of the victim, adding that the investigations into the whereabouts of the victim’s body are still ongoing.

He noted that the mission of the team was to persuade Khashoggi to return to the kingdom.

The prosecutor said a former adviser had been due to meet the team that was ordered to repatriate journalist Khashoggi, who was killed after efforts to negotiate his return failed.

He added that the ex-advisor had been banned from travelling and remained under investigation, and that the case has been transferred to court while investigations continue.

The prosecutor said Saudi Arabia has requested Turkey to sign a cooperation deal on a probe into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“We have requested the brotherly Turkish authorities to sign a special cooperation mechanism specific to this case in order to provide them with the results of the investigation,” he said, adding that “the public prosecutor is still awaiting a response to these requests.”