Saudi Arabia

first_img Receive email alerts Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saudi Arabia June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS RSF_en Newscenter_img Domain name : .sa Population : 28.686.633 Internet-users : 9 800 000 Average charge for one hour’s connection at a cybercafé : 2 to 4 US$ Average monthly salary : around 21 836 US$ Number of imprisoned netizens : 2These bloggers are confronting the traditional forces of Saudi society which are attempting to prevent the Internet from becoming a forum for free discussions. A legislative arsenal is bound to intimidate netizens and promote a tendency for self-censorship.Saudi Arabia is one of the first countries to have been authorized to write Internet domain names in Arabic. The Internet penetration rate, currently estimated at about 38% of the population, is rising. However, it is still one of the most repressive countries with regard to the Internet.Severe filtering and denouncementsVery strict filtering targets any content of a pornographic and “morally reprehensible” nature. Websites that broach the subject of religion, human rights or positions taken by the opposition are also rendered inaccessible. Far from denying it, the authorities maintain that their censorship decisions are justified and claim to have blocked some 400,000 websites. Moreover, the Internet Services Unit explains the principle involved on its site It is making available special forms which citizens can use to request the blocking or unblocking of a website.And citizens are taking full advantage of it. The Telecommunications and Information Technologies Agency recently stated that the number of such blocking requests concerns between 700 and 1,000 sites per day, or an average of 300,000 sites “denounced” by citizens per year. A representative of the same Agency estimates that 93% of the filtered sites are pornographic in nature. The others are said to concern sites which circulate information “contrary to Kingdom values.” In a recent study, however, the Agency acknowledges that 55% of the users are worried about these site blockings and feel that the current filtering practice is excessive.Cyber cafes under surveillanceDraconian restrictions were imposed on cyber cafes in April 2009. Since then, they have been required to install hidden cameras, supply a list of customers and websites consulted, not permit the use of prepaid cards or of unauthorized Internet links by satellite, close at midnight and not admit minors.Their owners can face a prison sentence if their premises are used to distribute information contrary to “Kingdom values” by virtue of the new law on the use of technology which entered into force in January 2008.This law also provides a ten-year prison term for owners of Internet websites which support terrorism and five years for those who distribute information of a pornographic nature or which is in violation of the country’s religious and social values.Risks incurred by increasingly active netizensThe Arab Network for Human Rights Information estimates that there are about 10,000 active blogs in Arabic and in English in the country. Bloggers who permit discussion of sensitive subjects run the risk of censors’ reprisals. In 2008, for the first time, Saudi authorities imprisoned a blogger, Fouad Al-Farhan, for having published on his blog ( an article describing the “advantages” and “disadvantages” of being a Muslim. In July 2009, Syrian blogger Raafat Al-Ghanim, a resident of Saudi Arabia, was also arrested. He did not hesitate to criticize the social and political status of both countries. There has been no news of the blogger since his arrest.Recently, participating websites have been particularly targeted by censors. The site, a political discussion forum, is inaccessible in the country. The platform, which was at first totally blocked, is now the subject of a targeted censorship of its content – proof that the authorities cannot prevent bloggers from existing, either. Authorities cracked down for the first time on Saudi users of the Twitter micro-blogging website last August. The Twitter pages of two human rights activists, Khaled al-Nasser and Walid Abdelkhair, were then blocked.The American journalist Courtney C. Radsch, who was working in Dubai for the Internet website of the Saudi information chain.Al-Arabiya, was fired in October 2009 following the posting on the Internet site of an article about safety violations by the national air carrier, Emirates Airlines. Her work permit having been revoked, she was forced to leave the country.The Al Watan newspaper’s website was hacked into last November. The following statement was posted on the home page against a black background: “There is only one God and Mohammed is his prophet.” The newspaper is said to have come under constant attack since an article was printed criticizing certain religious leaders for having denounced the “mixed regime” in the newly built King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).The tight control of the Internet in Saudi Arabia also reveals the government’s determination to maintain the social order – for the Net has provided a previously non-existent space in which women, who represent over half of the bloggers and two-thirds of Saudi netizens, can express their views. Women can discuss subjects online that would be taboo for them to mention in public, such as health.Links: news website about Gulf states (English) blog by a student n Riyadh (English) website on the Arab world (Arabic) Arab bloggers union News Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance March 9, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News Follow the news on Saudi Arabialast_img read more

Canadian Dressage Teams Announced For Wellington Nations Cups

first_img SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!center_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce the athletes who will represent the red and white in the CDIO 3* and CDIO-U25 Nations Cup, taking place March 16-21, 2021, during the 10th week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL.Both veteran and up-and-coming Canadian athletes will compete against elite dressage athletes from around the world in a unique, team-based setting. The Canadian Dressage Team for the FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3* will be: The CDIO-U25 Nations Cup will also be featured at AGDF 10, providing athletes under the age of 25 with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the team format. Team Canada will be composed of the following youth riders:Denielle Gallagher-Lagriffon, a Canadian residing in Loxahatchee, FL, will be Chef d’Équipe for both Canada’s senior and youth athletes.For more information on AGDF 10 and the Nations Cup, visit Tags: Canadian Dressage Team, Adequan Global Dressage Festival, CDIO-U25 Nations Cup, FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3*, last_img read more