JNN 25 Mar 2013 Riyadh : The Saudi Arabian government has threatened to ban the use of instant messaging applications because of failure to control them, Saudi media reveal. It comes a month after the minister for media and culture confirmed censorship of Twitter.
Saudi Government is desperate to curb the Brewing Revolution by the Most Deprived Discriminated Shia Population of Arabia, as they are trying to enforce every measure to control and restrict it . As they have already sentenced Thousands of Activist , without any trials , which has been even highlighted in the Number of Human Rights Organisation Reports . As now the situation is going out of control of the Saudi Monarchy , so they want to curb restriction of all types , whether free speech , expression or Protest , they are banning as their Intelligence agencies are reporting that , it is just matter of time that the revolution will sweep the whole Monarchy , and the Royals will be swept away in the sonami Wave as it hits the Capital.
“The Communications and Information Technology Commission has requested companies operating the applications to meet the regulatory requirements to avoid their suspension in the kingdom,” sources told Saudi news site Sabq.
“The commission is now coordinating with the application operators on the issue,” they said.
Companies were given one week to deal with the situation and decide upon the required technical measures.
The sources stressed that the procedure was “in accordance with regulatory procedures,” denying claims that attributed the decision to commercial motivations.
Messaging applications such as Skype, WhatsApp and Viber are at risk of being banned, Al Arabiya reported.
It’s the latest move by the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom, whose government recently admitted censorship of Twitter.
Just last month, Saudi Arabian Minister for Media and Culture Abdel Aziz Khoga called on citizens to“raise their awareness” and contribute to the censorship taken up by the ministry.
“People have to take care of what they are writing on Twitter,” the minister said.
“It’s getting harder to observe around three million people subscribing to the social network in the kingdom,” he added.
The government’s censorship of the social media application led to the December arrest of Turki al-Hamad, a liberal Saudi writer accused of “insulting Islam” on his Twitter account.
Hamad was arrested on the orders of Interior Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef Bin Abdel Aziz, who was tipped off by a religious organization.
In 2010, Saudi Arabia banned the use of Blackberry phones to send and receive messages, citing concerns that the communications were encrypted and could not be monitored, therefore hindering the country’s efforts to fight terrorism and crime.