Sports newspaper suspended over headline

JEDDAH: Abdullah Al-Faqsh

Published — Saturday 2 February 2013

Last update 2 February 2013 6:53 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz Khoja yesterday suspended publication of the Jeddah-based sports newspaper Al-Nadi for allegedly printing indecent content on its pages.
The incident could cost the job of Al-Nadi’s editor, Badr Al-Ghanmi, who also was suspended.
Allegations over the paper’s content came to light after its coverage yesterday of Saudi football teams Al-Shabab and Al-Fatah game on Thursday night. Al-Shabab won the match 2-1.
Despite winning the game, several of Al-Shabab’s fans complained to the minister on Twitter about Al-Nadi’s headline, which used a lewd term.
In a statement, Minster Khoja confirmed that, “The paper has been suspended, as well as the editor, because it has exceeded in its headline contents the limits, which represents our values and principles.”
Khoja said, “We [the ministry] will be dealing in similar manner with all sports supplements, newspapers and other media including satellite televisions and radio channels that fall within the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture and Information, which do not adhere to our values and accepted ethical code in their coverage.”
Reached for comment, Badr Al-Ghanmi told Arab News late yesterday, “I saw nothing wrong in the way the headline was written.” He also said he hasn’t received any official letter from either the ministry or his employer.
Al-Ghanmi said he became aware of his suspension from Twitter.
Al-Nadi is expected to be suspended for three days and could face fines over the incident.
The digital version of the paper has been since removed.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: An African expat woman is being investigated for torturing her baby to death by pouring boiling water on her. The motive behind the vicious attack is unknown.The Board of Investigation and Prosecution in Jeddah has charged the woman with semi...
RIYADH: Over five million Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs), including more than one million in Saudi Arabia, observed “zero remittance day” on Friday, in protest against the random checking of boxes sent by them to their families back home by the Cu...
JEDDAH: Security authorities have arrested 45 people from different parts of the Kingdom for Daesh links in the past 10 days. Forty of the suspects, accused of terrorism, are Saudis. Others are 2 Yemenis, an Egyptian, a Palestinian, and a national of...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health announced on Friday that two more people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. While no deaths were announced, the virus has already killed 26 people in just two weeks, from Aug. 16...
RIYADH: The government and courts have issued 35,010 penalties against citizens and expatriates for violating the country’s residency laws including fines and jail terms.Citizens and expatriates across the Kingdom were penalized for transporting, har...
JEDDAH: As international schools in the city gear up for the new academic session, some parents have requested that schools improve the quality of their classes in Islamic studies. Although the Ministry of Education has decreed that all international...

Stay Connected