Saudis Say Internet Porn under Control

Published May 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Saudi authorities say they are winning the war against pornography on the Internet.  

The director of the government organization that monitors all Saudi internet traffic, Dr Fahad al-Hoymany, was quoted by BBC as saying Tuesday he believed his unit is succeeding in blocking all the major pornographic sites.  

But he admitted that it is hard to keep up when new sites are appearing almost every hour.  

The country's 30 ISPs, or Internet Service Providers, are all linked into a central node in the capital, added BBC.  

For the estimated 130,000 users, access to the Saudi Internet is controlled by this node.  

Hoymany told BBC the conservative and religious culture of the Saudi people means "they want to be sure that if they log onto the net they will not be offended."  

As well as porn, the Saudi authorities block access to any sites they believe could stir up religious hatred.  

Meanwhile, while neighboring Gulf states like Bahrain and the UAE are busy promoting on-line business, Dr Hoymany said Saudi banks are not yet ready to process transactions made over the internet - Albawaba.com  

 

 

 

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