Minister warns against media abuse

February 13, 2013

Saudi Arabia’s culture and information minister is planning a series of “strong decisions” to prevent abuse by sports newspapers or sections in the Saudi dailies.

“Some of the reports, articles and analyses published in our newspapers include attacking people and abusing sports in general,” Abdul Aziz Khoja said. “Appropriate media work is vastly different from this approach that undermines the values of the media and sports alike and does not provide the reader with new information that reflects the reality of sports in our country,” he told local Arabic daily Okaz on Tuesday.

According to the minister, the print and electronic media are aware of these facts.

“They do appreciate that the responsibility of the media means that they should not stoop low in their approach to the low levels that could be clearly seen in recent days and that really undermined the values and ethics of media work. The duty of everyone is to adhere to these values that govern the relationship between the newspaper and the reader that is committed to the lofty goals of transparent media,” he said.

Earlier this month, the minister announced that a sports newspaper, Al Nadi, would be suspended and its editor in chief sacked after publishing a highly controversial headline in a report about a football match in the Saudi championship.

His decision was hailed by angry readers as “a much anticipated and significant move to tackle a growing negative phenomenon”.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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