April 23, 2014
Saudi Arabia plans to regulate YouTube channels to ensure they adhere to local cultural values, according to the head of a media watchdog.
Riyadh Najm, President at the Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media, said the authority plans to issue guidelines for local companies that screen YouTube channels.
“The most prominent thing about these regulations is that they [will make sure that] YouTube channels are licensed in Saudi Arabia according to [acceptable] limits and morals and that all workers abide by broadcast regulations. This aims to guarantee the quality of performance,” Najm told the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat.