Local Rights Groups Object to Proposed Skype Ban

Two Saudi human rights organizations said the government plan to monitor messaging apps like Skype and WhatsApp could infringe on international accords that the government has signed, al-Hayat reported. Salah al-Khathlan, spokesman for the National Society for Human Rights, told the newspaper that the society rejects this type of censorship. The government Human Rights Commission (HRC) said they plan to discuss the issue with the Communication and Information Technology Commission, the telecoms regulator responsible for censorship in the country. “HRC sides with citizens and it sees that these tools help to connect families inside and outside the kingdom,” said Mohammed al-Muaddi, a spokesman for HRC. “Therefore denying citizens access to these tools under any justifications is something HRC does not agree with.”