3 agencies monitoring Internet

Updated 04 February 2016

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.

Sandstorm and rain expected on the weekend in Saudi Arabia

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Sandstorm and rain expected on the weekend in Saudi Arabia

  • Low visibility was forecast on Thursday and Friday for cities in the Riyadh region
  • Sub-zero temperatures are expected

RIYADH: A sandstorm engulfed parts of the Kingdom on Thursday, enveloping the skyline with dust and hampering visibility in some cities in the Eastern Province.

The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection has forecast more such storms and low visibility between Wednesday and Saturday across the Kingdom, as well as light to moderate rain and snowfall to the north, which will lead to a substantial drop in temperatures in places, including Riyadh.

According to forecasts, mercury levels could drop as low as -3 degrees Celsius.

Low visibility was forecast on Thursday and Friday for cities in the Riyadh region, including Al-Kharj, Shaqra, Zulfi, Dawadmi, Afif, Aflaj and Wadi Al-Dawasir.

High speed wind and dust are predicted during the day time.

According to the forecast for Riyadh, especially areas north of the city, mercury levels will drop on Friday and Saturday, while wind speed reached up to 27 km/h in the capital on Thursday.

Residents in the Eastern Province, Makkah, Madinah, Tabuk, Al-Jouf, Hail, Al-Qassim and Najran also experienced dusty weather.

Amid volatile weather conditions, the Civil Defense has advised motorists to slow down due to continued low visibility.

In other news, residents across parts of the Kingdom will be able to view a partial lunar eclipse just before dawn on Monday.

The eclipse will be 90 percent visible in Tabuk, half visible in Madinah, a third visible in Makkah and only marginally visible in Riyadh