In addition to obtaining government permission, the Saudi citizen creating and distributing the content, had to ensure that it did not cause sectarian tension among citizens, or insult the royal family or Islamic values.
In 1992 the "Basic Law of Governance" was enacted as an informal Constitution.
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Books, newspapers, magazines, broadcast media and Internet access are censored in Saudi Arabia.
There is no precensorship of publications but if any material goes against a directive, or more generally qualifies as `impure`, the department will check it and notify the minister of information, who decides in what way and to what extent the publication and its employees are to be punished.
It threatened that any other app that fails to comply with those regulations will also be banned.
““Appropriate action will be taken against applications or services that do not comply with the regulations,” a spokesman at the commission told Arab News.
The main effect of this system has been to impose on journalists rigorous self- censorship.
Saudi Arabia directs all international Internet traffic through a proxy farm located in King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology.