Unlicensed news websites to be blocked

Updated 23 February 2013
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Unlicensed news websites to be blocked

The Ministry of Culture and Information will block 1,400 unlicensed news websites, according to the ministry's Assistant Undersecretary for Internal Media, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Aqeel.
Speaking at a symposium on the future of new media held by the commerce chamber in Al-Kharj, Al-Aqeel said that 600 news websites have already been licensed by the ministry.
"The ministry supports all media outlets and even facilitates the flow of information," he said.
He added that the Kingdom promotes freedom of press so that all media houses can play an effective role locally and on the world stage. "Our aim is to spread the vision of the Kingdom that is based on Islamic and global principles."
The symposium recommended that a list be compiled of licensed media providers. It also proposed that all media companies should appoint a language expert to oversee accuracy.

 


Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

Updated 35 min 45 sec ago
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Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

  • KSRelief has carried out more than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen
  • Yemeni government bewails world silence on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia 

JEDDAH: King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) has distributed 2,000 bags of wheat to displaced people from the western coast of Hodeida governorate to Aden as part of welfare operations in Yemen.
Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration and Higher Relief Committee chairman Abdul Raqeeb Fatah said KSRelief was seen as a beacon for humanitarian work.
More than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen.
The Yemeni government condemned the silence of the UN and the international community on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia against people in the Al-Hima area of Taiz governorate.
Rebels had continued indiscriminate shelling of Hima’s villages, forcing people from their homes, Fatah said. Fatah said the militia’s crimes in Taiz districts were contrary to international law. He called on the global community and humanitarian organizations to take a firm position on all Houthi crimes.
Yesterday, KSRelief distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.