Saudi Police Fight Rumor Promoters

Saudi Police Fight Rumor Promoters
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Saudi Police Fight Rumor Promoters

Saudi Police Fight Rumor Promoters

The rapid spread of disinformation on social media has prompted Saudi security authorities to funnel efforts into combating fake news which was initially promoted to spread panic.

The Riyadh police arrested a man for false news on COVID-19 measures. He claimed that authorities fixed a date for allowing prayers in mosques.

Within the same week, Al Qassim police arrested a citizen and referred him to Public Prosecution after he circulated rumors about authorities changing curfews.

Tabuk police also arrested another citizen who broadcast rumors and false information about a case of coronavirus being diagnosed in Umluj province.

Saudi lawyer Bayan Zahran told Asharq Al-Awsat that spreading rumors threatens to damage social peace.

“Article VI of the Information Crime Law stipulates the criminalization of this act (spreading rumors), and the penalty may reach five years in prison and a fine of 3 million riyals,” Zahran said.

Zahran stressed the necessity of dropping any unverified piece of information that might spread rumors.

The Saudi Public Prosecution has emphasized that receiving information from official sources is a moral obligation and the legal responsibility of citizens, and warned against spreading malicious rumors and anonymous news that raises fear about the coronavirus, in order to avoid strict criminal accountability.



MWL, GCC Hail ICJ's Advisory Opinion on Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories

A placard reading "Free Palestine, end Israel Occupation" is pictured on Parliament square, central London, on June 8, 2024 at the end of "National March for Gaza", calling to "end the genocide" and "stop arming Israel". (AFP)
A placard reading "Free Palestine, end Israel Occupation" is pictured on Parliament square, central London, on June 8, 2024 at the end of "National March for Gaza", calling to "end the genocide" and "stop arming Israel". (AFP)
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MWL, GCC Hail ICJ's Advisory Opinion on Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories

A placard reading "Free Palestine, end Israel Occupation" is pictured on Parliament square, central London, on June 8, 2024 at the end of "National March for Gaza", calling to "end the genocide" and "stop arming Israel". (AFP)
A placard reading "Free Palestine, end Israel Occupation" is pictured on Parliament square, central London, on June 8, 2024 at the end of "National March for Gaza", calling to "end the genocide" and "stop arming Israel". (AFP)

The Muslim World League (MWL) welcomed the advisory opinion issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territories, affirming the illegality of the Israeli presence in the occupied Palestinian territories for 57 years.
In a statement, MWL Secretary-General and Chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa stressed the importance of this decision, which is a positive step towards the human and legal right of the Palestinian people to reach a just and comprehensive solution to their cause and to ensure obtaining their legitimate rights to self-determination and establishing their independent state in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and relevant international legitimacy resolutions, SPA reported.

The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, also welcomed the opinion issued by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, saying that it confirms and reinforces the Palestinian people's attainment of their legitimate and legal rights in accordance with international and United Nations resolutions to regain the Palestinian territories seized by the Israeli occupation forces
He pointed out that the settlement decisions and attempts to change the geography carried out by the Israeli occupation forces are illegitimate measures that do not enjoy any regional or international recognition, and do not change anything on the ground, stressing that the seized Palestinian territories will remain Palestinian and an inherent right of the Palestinian people.
Moreover, Albudaiwi reiterated the firm stances of the GCC countries towards the Palestinian issue, and support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to obtain their state.