3 agencies monitoring Internet

Updated 04 February 2016
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3 agencies monitoring Internet

JEDDAH: A committee comprising three government agencies is looking into all complaints and reports submitted by citizens through social media or by telephone about online accounts promoting extremist messages and inciting sedition.
This is according to Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry, who said the committee includes representatives from the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution and the Communications and Information Technology Commission, a local publication reported Wednesday.
According to the regulations, violators face punishment of up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to SR5 million. Article 9 of the regulations stipulates penalties “apply to all those who incite, assist, arrange, or participate in any offenses set forth in the regulations.” The same penalties also apply to those who set up sites for terrorist groups on the Internet or promote such sites and their mission, including raising funds. This is also the case, in Article 7, for those who publish information about the making of bombs, or messages that can harm the nation’s security.


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.