Saudi nationals will face punitive action even if they violate the Kingdom’s press laws from outside the country, a top official has warned.
Judge Abdul Aziz Al-Mohanna, head of the committee for looking into media violations at the Ministry of Culture and Information, said: “If a citizen publishes anything in foreign media, in violation of Saudi laws, he or she will not be allowed to go scot free without being punished.”
According to local media, Al-Mohanna made these remarks during a recent presentation on “Press Law: A legal vision.”
He said the law would be applied on social media activists if they cross the red lines.
“A special panel has been set up to follow the content published in the audio and visual media,” he said.
According to Article 40 of the Press Law, a Saudi would face punishment if he commits any violations mentioned in Article 9.
The punishment has been explained in Article 38 of the law.
He also stressed the fairness of the Saudi judicial system.
No minister or official will be allowed to interfere with judicial matters, he said.