Shoura approves defamation claims for cybercrimes

Updated 19 March 2015
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Shoura approves defamation claims for cybercrimes

The Shoura Council agreed on Tuesday to add claims for defamation in the Kingdom’s anti-cybercrime regulations, meaning that any insult or baseless claim on the Internet could bring judicial penalties for the culprit.
The new amendment was made during the session when the council listened to a report prepared by the Committee of Transport, Telecom and IT, read out by Committee Chairman Jebreel Al-Arishi.
According to Article 6 of the Saudi Anti-Cyber Crime Law, any person who commits cybercrimes shall be subject to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years and a fine not exceeding SR3 million. This applies if the culprit produces, prepares, transmits, or stores material impinging on public order, religious values and public morals, through the information network or computers.
As part of Tuesday’s session’s discussions, the council also called on the Ministry of Economy and Planning to set up an integrated data system to enable the follow-up on development projects with other government bodies. Another topic raised during the session was the level of Saudization at one of the ministries. The Shoura Council expressed concerns on Monday on the slow progress made in the Saudization program implemented by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
A member of the council expressed surprise at the presence of 15,000 non-Saudi employees out of 80,000 workers at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and wondered about efforts exerted by the ministry to achieve Saudization.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.