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Bill brings social sites, e-mail into Press Law
May 23, 2014, 10:35 am
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MP Nabil Al-Fadel has submitted a proposal to amend Press and Publications law number 3/2006 to include the social networking sites and emails. Article One of the bill states adding a clause to Article Two of the law to cover the social networking sites and emails.Article Two stipulates inclusion of paragraph 11 to Article Two of the law as follows: Creation of news or media accounts on social networking sites is prohibited without obtaining permits from the ministries of Interior and Information.

Data about the accounts and their users must be kept in these two ministries. Accounts of local newspapers and electronic news platforms created before the implementation of the amended law are exempted from this rule.

Article Three states addition of Article 27 to the law to read as follows:

Anyone who creates news or media accounts on social networking sites without obtaining permits from the ministries of Interior and Information will be fined not less than KD3,000 and not more than KD5,000.

Article Four stipulates that provisions deemed contradictory to the amended law are null void.

Article Five mandates the Prime Minister and Cabinet to implement the law, which will take effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

In the meantime, MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji confirmed the stealing of ammunition from the Special Force is still under investigation that will continue until the truth comes out in order to punish those who neglected their duties.

The lawmaker made the statement after hearing news on the recent stealing of more than 30 guns and pistols from the weapons depot of the Special Force Unit at the Interior Ministry. It has been reported that the ministry investigated the previous weapons theft and two military officers have been accused of involvement.

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