authorities are planning to bar access to 200,000 new Internet sites
within the next two months mostly for moral reasons, according to
sources in the IT market.
would bring the total number of sites blocked to more than 400,000.
Internet service introduced to Saudi Arabia in 1999 is closely
monitored by King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, which
filters and blocks undesired sites.
sources have said that over 95 percent of the blocked sites deal with
pornography and the rest comprise political and social subjects that
violate the country’s laws.
city has regularly been blocking some 20,000 new sites on a monthly
basis, but decided to accelerate the pace of the blocking after
adopting a tougher policy, they said.
is looking for a mechanism to get immediate information on all sites
as soon as they open to screen them for immoral content.
there are more than 200,000 Internet subscribers in Saudi Arabia with
close to 600,000 users. That makes the country the second largest in
are about two dozen private Internet service providers in the Kingdom,
where experts are predicting the number of users to double before the
end of 2001.
Source: Arab News©