Sports newspaper suspended over headline

Updated 02 February 2013
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Sports newspaper suspended over headline

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.


KSA will be one of the very best countries for tourism, says Prince Sultan

Updated 40 min 26 sec ago
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KSA will be one of the very best countries for tourism, says Prince Sultan

  • The number of job opportunities is expected to increase to 1.2 million by the year 2020.
  • The Saudi government has allocated SR5 billion to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ program.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will be one of the most attractive countries for tourism because of its location, its unique tourist and historic elements and its hospitable and welcoming people, said Prince Sultan bin Salman.
Prince Sultan, who is president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), told the annual conference of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires that the efforts of the SCTH and its partners in localizing tourist jobs resulted in an increase in the number of direct jobs in the tourism sector from 936,000 in 2016 to 993,000 by the end of 2017. The number of job opportunities is expected to increase to 1.2 million by the year 2020.
He said the contributions of tourism to the national GDP amounted to 3.6 percent, up to 4.9 percent of the national non-oil output, and the revenues of the tourism sector reached SR97.5 billion ($26 billion). Direct jobs in the tourism sector exceeded 994,000, and the proportion of Saudi citizens currently employed in the sector is about 28 percent.
The Saudi government has allocated SR5 billion to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ program, which takes care of the cultural heritage of the Kingdom.
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom’s regions, the creation of 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors throughout the Kingdom, the restoration and preparation of 18 villages and traditional towns to receive visitors, and hosting economic and local hospitality activities operated by local people, as well as opening 17 centers for artisans that serve as incubators for the development of their businesses, factories for their production, and outlets for sale.
Prince Sultan also noted that after the SCTH completed the registration of the first four sites on the World Heritage List (Madain Saleh, Al-Tarif district in Jeddah, historic Jeddah, rock inscriptions in Jubba and Shuweis in Hail), it has been working with its partners to complete the registration files of six additional sites. Also, 20 additional important Islamic sites are being rehabilitated and prepared in Makkah and Madinah.
The conference was attended by more than 1,200 prominent investors and key corporate officials in tourism.
The WTTC is the largest gathering of investors and private sector professionals working in tourism around the world.