Unlicensed News Sites to Be Blocked

Saudi government will block access to unlicensed local news websites, Sabq cited unnamed sources as saying Friday. The ban on unlicensed sites will include cutting their SMS service, a main source of revenue for many of these websites.

The Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information has been working to regulate the large number of local news websites that appeared in recent years, issuing new bylaws to cover electronic publishing activities.