TABUK: The Ministry of Culture and Information has so far issued permits for 140 online newspapers, according to Tariq Muhammad Al-Eid Al-Khatrawi, Director of the ministry’s Electronic Media Department.
He said websites are given six months, after the modified regulations were published in Umm Al-Qura official newspaper, to obtain permits.
“The number is increasing,” he said, adding that electronic newspapers and magazines are obliged to obtain permits according to the new electronic publication regulations.
The new regulations, issued last month and modified last week, support the culture of diversity and dialogue, and strengthen the culture of human rights, based on the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, he said.
He said the latest amendments have made the regulations clearer. A permit will last for five years and the age condition for qualification was scrapped.
Websites that do not provide news are not issued permits but can register.
The demand was high for the optional registration from owners of electronic forums and personal websites, he said.
– Okaz/Saudi Gazette