Friday, October 19, 2007

Saudi Arabia: Blogging Continues to Gain Momentum

by Abdul Ilah al Khalifi from Asharq Al-Awsat

Despite the fact that blogging remains relatively new to the kingdom, the number of weblogs based out of Saudi Arabia is estimated to be over 1,000, launched by both men and women, according to members of The Official Community for Saudi Bloggers (OCSAB). Basem al Sallum, one of the kingdom's pioneering bloggers, expects blogging to become a valuable source of information, in addition to providing a large platform that will nurture literary, scientific, and cultural creative works ... Dr. Suliman Merdad, deputy governor of Kingdom’s Communication and Information Technology Commission, stated that the CITC does not monitor blogs, but that “blogs are subject to the same treatment as websites; they are blocked when they contain objectionable material such as pornography in particular, and other things in general, and things that go against the established principles of our religion and national regulations.”

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