Interior Ministry bans 'V for Vendetta' masks

Updated 01 June 2013

Interior Ministry bans 'V for Vendetta' masks

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif has instructed the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to withdraw the popular Vendetta masks from the market.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry, confirmed the report, saying the instructions have been passed to the ministry.
The masks are from the 2006 film V for Vendetta. It was worn by an enigmatic lone anarchist who uses Guy Fawkes as a role model in his quest to end the rule of a fictional fascist party in the United Kingdom.
Al-Madinah daily said the Commerce Ministry has directed its branch offices across the Kingdom to take away V masks from stores and destroy them.
“We have instructed all companies not to import such masks,” the ministry said.
Kingdom’s neighbor Bahrain has already banned V masks in the country.
The Interior Ministry provided no official explanation for the ban.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.