Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution will not investigate journalist: Report

Updated 08 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution will not investigate journalist: Report

  • The case has been referred to the Saudi Media Ministry

JEDDAH: The Public Prosecution in Jeddah has refrained from investigating a journalist who was accused by a government entity of criticizing its performance in a tweet, Okaz newspaper reported.

Sources were cited as saying the lawsuit was filed by the Health Ministry. The prosecution decided to refer the case to the Media Ministry. 

Last year, the prosecution referred to the Media Ministry three cases that were filed by ministries and businessmen against journalists.

Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mua’jab last year said publication issues are not within the Public Prosecution’s jurisdiction.

Lawyer Saleh Al-Ghamdi said: “Based on the rules and regulations… all claims made by journalists in relation to publishing are the responsibility of the judicial committees in the Media Ministry. No party has the right to violate this jurisdiction.”


Despite setbacks, Arab summit at media forefront

Updated 20 January 2019
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Despite setbacks, Arab summit at media forefront

  • Japanese journalist says they have to cover the summit because the Mideast region is too important for Japan
  • TV, print and radio journalists were given the necessary equipment and space to allow constant reporting of the summit’s opening remarks

BEIRUT: Journalists from across the world gathered in Lebanon’s Beirut Waterfront to cover the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit on Sunday despite the tumultuous days leading up to the event.

It was not just Arab and Middle Eastern journalists who were present at the summit’s official media center; reporters from Japan, Europe and the US were also in attendance. 

There were conflicting reports on the number of journalists attending, ranging from 600 to double that. The summit’s official spokesman Dany Najim said 1,200 journalists covered the event. 

In addition to journalists working with news organizations and institutions were those traveling as part of country delegations. 

The Arab League sent 11 journalists, while official numbers put an average of 10 journalists per delegation. 

“We must cover the summit. The region is very important to us. It’s where we buy oil and gas,” said a Japanese journalist.

TV, print and radio journalists were given the necessary equipment and space to allow constant reporting of the summit’s opening remarks. While they were placed in a hall adjacent to the main summit meeting room, two large screens were continuously airing the summit’s activities and talks.

Rigid security protocols were in place for the safety of attending delegations. Roads starting from Beirut’s Phoenicia Hotel in Minet Al-Hosn district all the way to Al-Nahar newspaper’s offices in Martyrs’ Square were closed as part of a security zone. 

Transportation of journalists was organized by the summit, where a bus was available round the clock to pick them up and take them to the Monroe Hotel — the media hub for the summit — in Minet Al-Hosn, before taking another bus to the Beirut Waterfront.

Several stores and restaurants were forced to shut for the days of the summit, while some issued mass text messages to the public to announce that they will stay open.

This is the fourth Arab Economic and Social Development Summit. The previous ones were hosted by Kuwait in 2009, Egypt in 2011, and Saudi Arabia in 2013.