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Saudi Arabia rules its netizens must take license before blogging

Saudi Arabia, which has the largest number of bloggers in the Arab World, has made license mandatory for starting any e-publishing site, including blogs and online newspapers. All license holders will now have to display their license information on their websites.

Saudi Arabia, which has the largest number of bloggers in the Arab World, has made license mandatory for starting any e-publishing site, including blogs and online newspapers. All license holders will now have to display their license information on their websites.

The new regulation issued by the country’s culture and information ministry requires that anyone who wants to open a blog, an online newspaper, or any similar forms of e-publishing must be of Saudi nationality, over 20 years in age, and must have a high school or higher qualification.

According to Abd al-Rahman Huza, spokesman, culture and information ministry, Saudi Arabia, the move aims to bridge communication between the ministry and individuals using various forms of e-publishing. “It is for organisational supervision and not to supervise or censor,” Huza has said.

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