Multinational media delegation amazed by technologies and enormity of King Abdul Aziz Airport

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Multinational media delegation visits King Abdul Aziz Airport and looks over the advanced services provided for pilgrims. (Supplied)
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Multinational media delegation visits King Abdul Aziz Airport and looks over the advanced services provided for pilgrims. (Supplied)
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Multinational media delegation visits King Abdul Aziz Airport and looks over the advanced services provided for pilgrims. (Supplied)
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Multinational media delegation visits King Abdul Aziz Airport and looks over the advanced services provided for pilgrims. (Supplied)
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Multinational media delegation visits King Abdul Aziz Airport and looks over the advanced services provided for pilgrims. (Supplied)
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Multinational media delegation visits King Abdul Aziz Airport and looks over the advanced services provided for pilgrims. (Supplied)
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Multinational media delegation visits King Abdul Aziz Airport and looks over the advanced services provided for pilgrims. (Supplied)
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Multinational media delegation visits King Abdul Aziz Airport and looks over the advanced services provided for pilgrims. (Supplied)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Multinational media delegation amazed by technologies and enormity of King Abdul Aziz Airport

  • Local, Arab and foreign media channels and international news agencies are showing a big interest in covering the services provided by the Kingdom for its pilgrims
  • The delegation’s visit aimed to check the services and modern technologies as well as the services provided for pilgrims from their arrival until their departure after performing Hajj

JEDDAH: A multinational media delegation visited King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah on Tuesday to learn more about the services the state is providing for its guests, both pilgrims and travelers.
The delegation kicked off their visit with a tour around the new hall (hall 1), where they were received by Assistant Director-General of the airport Abed Al-Mohsen Al-Sheikh and a number of officials.
The delegation checked the modern services, equipment and techniques available at the new airport and were amazed by the technologies provided for travelers as well as the enormity of the airport, which reflects the Kingdom’s efforts in supporting the civil aviation industry.
The delegation continued their visit with a tour in the processing areas of arrival and departure and listened to an explanation about the airport’s great capacities and modern technologies adopted for the service of travelers.
The delegation also visited the Hajj halls at the airport and checked the new services provided for pilgrims in all the halls that receive tens of thousands of pilgrims every day heading to the holy sites to perform Hajj.
The tour also covered Hall 11, allocated to the Interior Ministry’s initiative “Makkah Road,” where the delegation listened to an explanation by the Commander of the Hajj Passports Force Col. Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Yusuf about the services hall 11 offers pilgrims, to facilitate and optimize their Hajj experience. The delegation then moved to the Hajj and Umrah Ministry’s platform allocated to welcome pilgrims this year.
At the end of the tour, the delegation praised the airport’s development and speed in completing traveling procedures in a record time, noting King Salman and the crown prince’s great efforts to serve pilgrims and provide the best services and care.
For his part, Turki Al-Thieb, director-general of the public relations and information at the airport, said the delegation included a big number of international media representatives from Arab and European countries as well as West Asia and Africa.
The delegation’s visit aimed to check the services and modern technologies as well as the services provided for pilgrims from their arrival until their departure after performing Hajj, within a comprehensive system of services provided by more than 27 governmental and non-governmental bodies and supervised by the Civil Aviation Authority, represented by the airport’s administration.
Al-Thieb said the delegationэs members looked over the services provided at the Hajj halls for pilgrims and the speed of completing Hajj procedures in less than 20 minutes. These services are carried out under the directive of King Salman and his crown prince to serve pilgrims from the moment they arrive to perform Hajj until the moment they head back to their countries safe and sound.
Local, Arab and foreign media channels and international news agencies are showing a big interest in covering the services provided by the Kingdom for its pilgrims at King Abdul Aziz International Airport, where more than 344 permits have been issued so far, allowing local and international media in the Hajj halls.


Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse online

Updated 19 February 2019
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Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse online

  • Dutt's account was blocked after she posted details of men who allegedly stalked and threatened her
  • Dutt accused Twitter of being “vile enablers of sexual abuse and violence”

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: One of India’s best-known women journalists, Barkha Dutt, launched a scathing attack on Twitter Inc. on Tuesday for temporarily locking her account after she posted details of men who allegedly stalked and threatened her.
Dutt said some people had posted and circulated her phone number on Twitter, enabling the harassment, which she said included threats of rape and images of genitalia being sent to her phone.
Dutt tweeted some of the threats and images on Monday, and she included phone numbers and names of the men who allegedly threatened her, after which her account was suspended.
She posted her complaint against Twitter in a tweet on Tuesday, after her account was re-activated.
“I would like to place on record my absolute horror and disgust at Twitter’s encouragement of sexual abuse and gender inequality,” said Dutt, a former managing editor at news channel NDTV and a regular columnist with the Washington Post.
Dutt accused Twitter of being “vile enablers of sexual abuse and violence.”
Twitter said it did not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons and it referred to its rules that users may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorization and permission.
“If we identify a Tweet that violates the Twitter Rules, there are a range of enforcement options we may pursue. These include requiring a user to delete a Tweet, and/or being temporarily locked out of their account before they can Tweet again,” a spokeswoman for Twitter said in an email.
The social media platform is already facing scrutiny in India.
Its chief executive, Jack Dorsey, has been called to appear before a parliamentary panel this month to discuss initiatives being taken to safeguard citizen’s rights on social media and online news platforms.
The hearing comes soon after the conservative Youth for Social Media Democracy group accused Twitter of left-wing bias and protested outside its office in New Delhi this month.
Dorsey did not appear at a hearing earlier this month.
A person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday the parliamentary panel had written an email to Dorsey, reiterating its demand that he appear at a Feb. 25 hearing.
Twitter declined to comment on whether Dorsey would attend.
Social media giants in India are being put under greater scrutiny ahead of a general election due before May, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling party are seeking re-election.
Several social media companies are overhauling policies to curb misinformation ahead of the vote.