Saudi Arabia Policies Affecting Disinformation

From ADTAC Disinformation Inventory


Under the Saudi Anti-Cyber Crime Law, the "Production, Preparation, Transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order" is illegal.[1] In practice, this law makes it so that anyone who creates or disseminates false information that affects the public on social media can be sentenced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 3 million riyals.[2]

Actions and Initiatives

Saudi authorities began threatening people posting "fake news" online with sentences up to five years jail time and a fine of 3 million riyals following the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. [3][4][5]

In 2020, the Saudi Public Prosecution Office announced that Saudi citizens and foreign expatriates who spread rumors on social media could be jailed for up to five years and fined 3 million riyals, consistent with the Anti-Cyber Crime Law punishment. This was part of their effort to combat COVID-19 misinformation.[6]

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National Policies Affecting Disinformation