Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution will not investigate journalist: Report

Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution will not investigate journalist: Report
Updated 08 January 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution will not investigate journalist: Report

Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution will not investigate journalist: Report
  • The case has been referred to the Saudi Media Ministry

JEDDAH: The Public Prosecution in Jeddah has refrained from investigating a journalist who was accused by a government entity of criticizing its performance in a tweet, Okaz newspaper reported.

Sources were cited as saying the lawsuit was filed by the Health Ministry. The prosecution decided to refer the case to the Media Ministry. 

Last year, the prosecution referred to the Media Ministry three cases that were filed by ministries and businessmen against journalists.

Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mua’jab last year said publication issues are not within the Public Prosecution’s jurisdiction.

Lawyer Saleh Al-Ghamdi said: “Based on the rules and regulations… all claims made by journalists in relation to publishing are the responsibility of the judicial committees in the Media Ministry. No party has the right to violate this jurisdiction.”