Saudi Arabia confiscates 4,000 devices for bootlegging sports channels during World Cup

Saudi authorities cracked down on the sale and use of broadcasting devices used to bootleg sports channels, ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup occurring this month. (AFP)
Updated 17 June 2018

Saudi Arabia confiscates 4,000 devices for bootlegging sports channels during World Cup

  • Saudi authorities cracked down on the sale and use of broadcasting devices used to bootleg sports channels, ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup occurring this month
  • ore than 8,000 such devices have been confiscated from retailers in the Kingdom “in the last few weeks”

JEDDAH: A new anti-piracy campaign toppled more than 4,000 devices in Saudi Arabia that hacked sports channels when agents conducted raids and confiscated them. Legal action has been taken against those involved in this illegal activity.
This is the latest in a series of actions taken by the Kingdom in its anti-piracy efforts. A spokesman for the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority (SIPA) ) told Arab News that the Kingdom is taking the issue seriously and is organizing and conducting raids in coordination with all concerned parties, and that more news would be announced later.
Earlier this month, Saudi authorities cracked down on the sale and use of broadcasting devices used to bootleg sports channels, ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup occurring this month.
More than 8,000 such devices have been confiscated from retailers in the Kingdom “in the last few weeks,” according to authorities, who have launched formal proceedings against offending distributors.
The confiscated devices were destroyed in the presence of representatives from government agencies involved in the campaign. Saudi Arabia is expected to continue its oversight work against all outlets that may be committing such violations.
The scope of TV piracy in Saudi Arabia and the wider region is difficult to assess; research analysts IDC in 2015 estimated that illegal content distribution across the Middle East and Africa cost the industry more than $750 million per year.


Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

Updated 23 October 2019

Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

  • Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister
  • Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser was appointed transport minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser transport minister, according to royal decrees published by Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Amongst the other decrees, Saleh Mohammed Al-Othaim was appointed deputy head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, whilst Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi was appointed head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Tariq Abdullah Al-Sheddi was appointed head of the National Data Management Office, and Essam Abdullah Al-Waqit was appointed director of the National Information Center. 

Ibrahim Al-Assaf was relieved of his post as Saudi minister of foreign affairs, and Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi was relieved of his position as minister of transport.