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Saudi censorship blurs lines between journalism, activism

The following is a CPJ blog post by Jason Stern/CPJ Middle East and North Africa Research Associate:

Since the surprise Arab uprisings of 2011, the Saudi government has worked assiduously to ensure it has all the tools of censorship it needs to control dissent. These tools--a combination of special courts, laws, and regulatory authorities--are starting to fire on all cylinders. The result has been a string of arrests and prosecutions in recent months of independent and dissident voices.

The first step came in January 2011 with new regulations for online media that could be used to restrict coverage, including applying the kingdom's already highly repressive press law to online media. Shortly after, the Ministry of Culture and Information began blocking local news websites that failed to register, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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