Nazaha identifies govt agencies’ ongoing violations

Nazaha identifies govt agencies’ ongoing violations
Updated 09 March 2015

Nazaha identifies govt agencies’ ongoing violations

Nazaha identifies govt agencies’ ongoing violations

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has identified ongoing violations by various government agencies posting ads with messages of condolences and congratulations in magazines and newspapers thus spending from the budgets of these agencies.
This is despite the issuance of controls against such acts eight years ago.
In response, authorities have finally directed regulatory agencies to monitor and enforce controls against such acts by government agencies, as per the provisions of a Royal Decree issued in 1428 AH.
Nazaha revealed in a circular released at the beginning of last year the lack of commitment of the official bodies to regulations regarding the printing of messages of condolences and congratulations toward officials.
These ads are paid for using the official budgets of these agencies, thus representing a violation that might in turn affect the official decisions. The commission stressed the need for government agencies to comply with the regulations.
Authorities said regulations call for government agencies to refrain from excessively publishing such ads, especially as this may impact the responsibilities of officials and ultimately affect the citizens.
Employees of these agencies have been informed to refrain from requesting such ads, while newspapers and magazines receiving requests for ads have been informed of their responsibility to confirm the titles of the names included in these ads through the governorates and provinces.
Media outlets have also been asked not to exaggerate the contents of these messages, and to ensure that they do not include anything that goes against national security in anyway.
Only photos of the king, the crown prince and princes who occupy positions of ministerial rank or higher may be published according to the regulatory controls, which were framed by a committee of representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Culture, Media and Finance.