Saudi Arabians will soon require a license to build any kind of online publishing media, including forums and blogs. Sources said, online publishers may be forced to register with the government before they can go online.
Well, that’s the worst news I’ve read today. How come the government is requiring its people to register to talk? I don’t think blogging is different from talking. Most bloggers blog to express their thoughts and share it with others. I am excluding blogs like The Huffington Post political blog which is more like a business. I would not have any problem if Saudi Arabian Government asked blogs like The Huffington Post — which is comparable to any online newspaper — to register and get a license. But no, they are asking every individual to register. It’s like you have to register with the government if you wanna talk in public.
The news probably first appeared in the Media Note (in Arabic) [Translated form here]. The official spokesman for the Ministry of Culture and Information Saudi Arabia gives the signal that bloggers and online publishers are most likely to be asked to register before their voice or writing can go online in front of the world. Wow! How interesting!
To me, it’s like an interference on freedom of speech. What do you think of such decision of the Saudi government? You support it? Or you would like to protest it [on twitter with a hashtag #haza3]?