Graphic video of Madinah car crash enrages Saudi Arabian social media

Graphic video of Madinah car crash enrages Saudi Arabian social media
A person who filmed and shared a video that contained graphic and unethical content of a road accident faces possible punishment. (Screen grab)
Updated 24 January 2018

Graphic video of Madinah car crash enrages Saudi Arabian social media

Graphic video of Madinah car crash enrages Saudi Arabian social media

JEDDAH: Saudi Twitter users launched a hashtag on Sunday that called for the trial of a person who filmed and shared a video that contained graphic and unethical content, as social media users described.
He filmed a video of injured victims of a horrific bloody traffic accident on the highway to Madinah city.
According to the electronic newspaper Sabq, the incident occurred near the province of Aqlat Al-Suqoor near Al-Qassim on the road to Madinah.
The victims were seven young Saudi passengers in one car that was hit by another car belonging to an Indian expatriate. Four people were killed, including the Indian expatriate, and the injured passengers were taken to Qassim hospitals, according to Sabq.
The person who filmed the incident is facing possible punishment that can reach up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to SR3 million ($799,920). The punishment could be carried out if one of the relatives of the victims or the injured files a lawsuit against him, or if the Public Prosecution, under the powers granted to them, summons him, investigates, and then refers him to trial.
Majed Al-Ghamdi, a Saudi researcher specialized in media, told Arab News: “People are used to taking photos and videos of anything unusual or doesn’t always happen, such as a fancy meal, their nice outfits or any incident that may not happen on a daily basis, and car accidents are an example of unusual incidents.”
“The other reason is that there is a growing obsession for getting an exclusive feature, so they go viral on social media. Social media has made every single individual a potential journalist,” he added.
“One way of facing such incidents is by law. Saudi Arabia has launched a very good cybercrimes law, but I believe such laws need regular updates to fit such cases,” Al-Ghamdi said.
“The other way is by increasing public awareness, which I believe is noticeably increasing, especially when we see such campaigns made by the public that reflect their awareness about the importance of privacy and respect. People became more evaluative of the content shared on social media, and that is a good sign.”


Environment fund, centers inaugurated in Saudi Arabia  

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Environment fund, centers inaugurated in Saudi Arabia  

Environment fund, centers inaugurated in Saudi Arabia  
  • Ministry aims to contribute to the financial sustainability, protect ecosystems

Saudi Arabia’s newly established environment fund and environment centers were inaugurated on Thursday as part of the country’s sustainability strategy and efforts to ensure the protection of its environment and ecosystems.
The fund and five centers were inaugurated by Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, who is the minister of environment, water and agriculture.
“Establishing an environment fund aims at contributing to the financial sustainability of the environment sector and providing the necessary capabilities for its advancement, by contributing to supporting the operational budgets of environmental centers, supporting environmental programs, studies and initiatives, stimulating environmentally friendly technologies and improving environmental performance and environmental rehabilitation programs,” the minister said.
The National Center for the Development of Vegetation Cover and Combating Desertification aims to develop and manage national parks, develop and rehabilitate vegetation cover in forests, protect local endangered plant species, combat desertification, in addition to conducting studies and supporting research related to vegetation.
The National Center for Environmental Compliance is concerned with monitoring the environmental compliance of all establishments that have an impact on the environment in all development sectors, supervising programs for monitoring sources of environmental pollution in addition to approving environmental impact studies, issuing environmental licenses for all development projects, and inspecting installations.
The ministry said the tasks of the National Center for Wildlife Development included supervising programs related to the protection and development of wildlife and biological diversity, as well as planning and managing protected areas and managing centers for the breeding and resettlement of endangered animals.
The National Center for Meteorology will monitor weather and climate conditions, prepare forecasts, provide airports, ports and other bodies with data and weather forecasts, and operate weather monitoring stations in the Kingdom’s regions.
The National Center for Waste Management will organize the waste management sector to improve the quality of services, enhance the level of capabilities and competencies, enhance the economic sustainability of the sector by stimulating investment and maximizing the participation of the private sector, reduce waste disposal in landfills by stimulating the use of best practices in resource recovery techniques.