‘Saudi TV stations do not have exclusive rights to national events’

Updated 19 December 2017

‘Saudi TV stations do not have exclusive rights to national events’

RIYADH: The president of the General Commission of Audiovisual Media (GCAM), Rida bin Mohammed Al-Haidar, said the new GCAM system aims to organize the activities of the audiovisual media in the Kingdom in accordance with the Kingdom’s media policy which seeks to expand media production and create value content, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
He said the system, which has recently been approved by the Council of Ministers, banned the encryption of media related to events of a national nature in order to enhance national unity and the principle of homeland for all.
The GCAM chief stressed that the new system would protect the interests and rights of Saudi staff working in media institutions. In case licenses of these institutions are canceled or suspended, the GCAM will take all necessary measures to ensure that the interests of the working staff are not harmed and that their rights are protected, he said, adding the GCAM will provide full protection of their rights when disputes are settled.
He urged all entities engaged in the audiovisual media to speed up the harmonization of their activities with the provisions and regulations of the new audiovisual system.
He said the GCAM has given to all parties engaged in the audiovisual area enough time, extending to 12 months, to correct their status. He said the new system has asked government and private TV and broadcasting channels to have licenses and be subject to the regulations and provisions of the GCAM.


Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel. (SPA)
Updated 27 September 2020

Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

  • In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports on Saturday announced requirements for the issue of travel permits for groups exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions. Travel permits will be issued through the Absher e-services platform.
The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.
This group can obtain travel permits if the official mission cannot be performed remotely and has a deadline that cannot be postponed, provided participation is kept to a minimum.
Documents required for the first group include an official letter from the entity’s senior official, in addition to the names of those who wish to travel and their mission, its location, duration and evidence that the previous conditions are met.
The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.

• The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

• The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents.

Citizens who wish to be reunited with their families abroad must provide proof of relationship (spouse, parent, etc.) for the family member residing abroad, proof of residency in the country to which the other party wishes to travel, and proof of the children’s study location abroad if there are children of school age. The last should be certified by the Ministry of Education or one of the Kingdom’s representations in the destination country.
In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship.
The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents. These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel (a document or an instrument that they own a property or have a valid lease contract prior to the issuance of these measures).
They must also submit a valid residence card (permanent or semi-permanent) in the country to which the travel is requested and proof that the applicant had spent at least six months in the destination country during the past three years.