Insult Islam at your peril in Saudi Arabia

Insult Islam at your peril in Saudi Arabia


SAUDI Arabia’s culture and information ministry has warned online media and websites that they could be shut down if they offend Islam, abuse people or insult community traditions.

Abdul Aziz Al Melham, the ministry spokesperson, said:

We will deal decisively with all those who affront Saudi Arabia or its citizens. This includes targeting the Islamic faith and the Prophet, peace be upon him, as well as attacking the customs and traditions of the Saudi society and compromising the security of the homeland.

He then added some blah about “responsible freedom”. Amid reports that the ministry was shutting down 41 online news sites for failing to abide by the rules that require an official licence to go online, he said:

Every site is responsible for what it publishes and that includes checking the information and drafting it properly before it is posted.

But he gave an assurance that:

The ministry is not an obstacle to any news site or website that seeks to convey genuine news and avoid abuses or spreading false or misleading information. Shutting down a site is in application of the regulations that govern electronic publishing.

Under Saudi regulations, no pre-censorship is imposed on online news sites, but editors are held responsible for the posted content and information.

The ministry is entrusted with the accountability and investigation of the alleged irregularities and complaints, the regulations say.

35 responses to “Insult Islam at your peril in Saudi Arabia”

  1. mikespeir says:

    “The ministry is not an obstacle to any news site or website that seeks to convey genuine news and avoid abuses or spreading false or misleading information.”

    And if you need to know what news is true and what’s false, don’t hesitate to ask.

  2. john Dent-Smith says:

    SaudiArabia is so up its own arse.Where I live in a civilised country I can call Saudi Arabia anything I like,stupid for a start,I’m not one to insult any religious dirty,but,the followers of some religions,Islam,Christianity& Judaism have some,in fact many,hate mongering zelots.These idios take the name of their diety as an excuse to commit horrendous acts including mass murder,& are excused by their clergy as the faithfully,These men & women are murdering hate filled monsters.Stick that up your pipe Saudi Arabia

  3. Matt+Westwood says:

    Fuck Mo-ham-head, piss be upon him.

  4. Broga says:

    Their hypocrisy repels. Their wealthy citizens, when in the West, are ready to drink alcohol, shag Western women and gamble.

    They are like our royals claiming to want to protect animals while they slaughter them for entertainment. I see a prominent USA newspaper has identified the UK’s “welfare Queen” – the richest woman in the world begging from the tax payer.

  5. Broga says:

    PS Re the “welfare Queen” The Times today gave that prominent coverage. Thus upsetting the royal lickspittals. Sorry, totally OT.

  6. Prince al whack job. says:

    Saudi Arabia is the most awful country. Well it’s not really a country. Just a flyblown tract of dessert ruled by a bunch of shit scared mega rich bigots who are only rich because of the good fortune, luck, of having rather a lot of oil. They have contributed nothing to culture, science, medicine, agriculture, technology or anything else of worth. They have just sold oil and used their easy gotten riches to sponsor the spread of the islam, the most hateful, retarded, primitive, divisive, repressive, destructive cult every invented by man. One would have hoped that such wealth should have generated positive worthwhile benefits for mankind. But no. Where islam is involved you only get horror, violence and hatred. I do not give a toss what saudi royalty or their blowhard politicians and imams say. Go fuck off and ask god how to survive when the oil runs out or when the revolution starts. Time for the Arab spring to take another country to its knees. Start praying ….your time is running out.

  7. barriejohn says:

    “Compromising the security of the homeland.”

    You’ve got to laugh, haven’t you? How many other fascists, autocrats and totalitarian regimes have used that pathetic, catch-all mantra?

  8. Paul Cook says:

    What is so dangerous about the child with that placard is that the photograph looks to me it is in Britain. Only Britain has those double yellow lines and a zig-zag before a zebra crossing.

  9. AgentCormac says:

    …the customs and traditions of the Saudi society…

    Amazing how, with a little creativity, the terms ‘tyranny’ and ‘oppression’ can be dressed up to sound presentable.

  10. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Fuck Saudi Arabia, Fuck islam, Fuck mohamed the warmongering, homophobic, misogynistic peadophile prophet.

    That good enough for these idiots?

  11. oldmanjenkins says:

    Any organization, belief system who uses threats of violence, actually violence, coercion, deception, and paranoia as part of their dogma are invalid and a threat to civilized society. As Canada now has the largest source of oil reserves (greater than OPEC) we in the US need to turn away from those who espouse this vitriol and hate and instead turn to our brothers and sisters of the north (I am from the USA)for a greater supply of our oil consumption. For when they finally run out of oil, they will be left with nothing but sand.

  12. Broga says:

    @oldmanjenkins: There will be a downside for Canada. Prince Charles may become your best friend, frequent visitor and will switch from his freeloading holidays on Saudi yachts to Canada.

  13. Matt+Westwood says:

    All very well, but Canada is *bloody* cold. I know, I’ve just come back from three bloody months there.

  14. charlie says:

    Oh boy, somebody has got the poor Saudis all unsettled. Tough shit you morons. They bring this crap on themselves and then take out their crap on innocent people. Sure sounds like a vile fascist dictatorship to me. Screw Saudi and the sheep they rode in on. Oh, and Islam and big Mo as well. Hey Saudis, I live in the US of A, am a combat vet and WILL defend myself so screw you.
    LOL, that may have been a bit childish, but damn, it sure felt good.

  15. 1859 says:

    @Paul Cook: Didn’t you know that half of London is owned by Saudis?

    Don’t despair guys – if they try to repress critical websites – it just may spawn an explosion of internet sites denouncing their fascist tactics – it could, with any luck, blow up in their faces.

  16. John the Drunkard says:

    Wait a minute…The Koran says that Jesus was not crucified, nor was he resurrected.

    Doesn’t that ‘insult’ the favorite prophet of a billion or so Christians?

  17. Tony Miller says:

    Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha ha!

    Hey Ministry! Go stone yourself!

    O O

    Behold, I just drew a digital Mohammed.

  18. barriejohn says:

    Broga et al: Feast your eyes on this. What a fucking clown!

    The prince’s host was Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, the former head of the Saudi intelligence service who was named as the second deputy prime minister by King Abdullah last year.

    ‘Nuff said.

  19. ExPatriot says:

    May they all rot in a hell of their own making, which they have already created for them selves, along with their phony prophit and their make believe allah,All religions suck

  20. Trevor Blake says:

    When we quote the Quran in its depiction of Muhammad as a man who had sex with nine year old girls, owned slaves, killed many and ordered the dead of many more, we should do so with all the respect he deserves.

  21. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: Charlie is such a berk and convinced he is entitled to reign over the rest of us. I read details, somewhere or other, of the members of his entourage. One of them being an member of the military who presumably prefers flattering Charlie in Saudi Arabia to performing the work for which the pleb suckers pay him.

    Even the Daily Mail hoi polloi readily put the boot in on the royals despite all the sycophantic articles.

  22. The Woggler says:

    Don’t worry, Saudi Arabia, I have no intention of stepping foot in your Medieval country. I’ll stay here where I can insult your long-dead ‘prophet’ until the cows come home.

  23. barriejohn says:

    Broga: Did you see His Royal Twattishness on that flower-bedecked “throne”? How did he get talked into that? Where were his highly-paid advisers THEN? I suppose the peasants thought that one word from his lips would cause the wind and the waves to abate in Biblical fashion. My own thoughts were of “The Wicker Man”!

  24. Caute says:

    Google this….’Prince of Piffle by Christopher Hitchens’

  25. barriejohn says:

    Caute: Originally at The Slate, but the comments here are entertaining, as usual.

    Materialism is such a wicked thing says idle, multi-millionaire hereditary prince!

  26. The Woggler says:

    “…a morose bat-eared and chinless man, prematurely aged, and with the most abysmal taste in royal consorts…”

    Damn you, Christopher Hitchens. Why couldn’t you have laid off the fags and booze and stayed with us a bit longer?

  27. Broga says:

    Charles Windsor, born in different circumstances, would be a nonentity. He remains a figure of conspicuous mediocrity and a fool. However, he is a dangerous fool as he has the means of meddling in things he lacks the intellectual discipline to understand. As a result he hassles government ministers who lack the courage to ignore him.

    His foolishness has another aspect. He lacks the personal candour and insight to appreciate and accept his own limitations. As a consequence, and surrounded by people who could represent the UK in sycophancy, Charles seems to think he is imaginative and highly intelligent.

    He exposes himself in a way common to dabblers and con men by using vague words e.g. soul and assuming that his listeners will assume intelligence in him and not the confused mind of a very simple and limited thinker.

    He, and his cohort of self serving supporters, must be opposed. He will not risk his limited ability in open debate but will pronounce from his protected position. The response, in the interests of us all, must be immediate and vigorous.

  28. barriejohn says:

    Talking about pathetic, peabrained princes, the following programmes were worth the licence fee in themselves (only one available to watch now):

    Marvellous – British TV at its best!

  29. barriejohn says:

    That episode also available on YouTube, but I can’t locate Episode One:

  30. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: I watched the original programme on TV. A couple of warped, vainglorious idiots ready to send millions to suffer, be crippled and die. Is there any doubt that Charles, his ego endlessly burnished by his “courtiers”, would assume he could make the same call given the means.

    Once our “Welfare Queen” goes I think it must be the end of this clan.

  31. lonborghini funghini says:

    Well fuck islam and it’s pitiful prophet.

  32. The real reason behind this is that they (the Saudi authorities) are afraid, very afraid. Neither their dictaorship or the so called religion of peace can stand criticism.

    If their people weren’t bullied the house of Saudi would come tumbling down.

    Whabianism is fascism!

  33. Robster says:

    Does this mean the Saudi’s are going to send over the their Arabian version of James Bond to sort out this very web site? Here’s an idea, why don’t they just get their allah to do it? Big al could resurrect that Mo person and his 9 year old wife and get to work taking down offensive web sites like this one and any others with images of women not dressed in black bags. That should keen them busy and he rest of us can move on.

  34. AgentCormac says:

    And now yet more members of the muslim society of the permanently outraged, Mauritania branch, have gone on the rampage and are calling for blood because their sensitivities have, allegedly, been trampled into the ground.