Saudi Arabia imposed a prison term for the ridicule of religious values on the Internet

Dubai. September 4. INTERFAX – Saudi Arabia Internet users who spread “undermining the public order” content, now can be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years and a large fine, said on Tuesday the Agency “Bloomberg”.

“The publication and distribution of content through social networks, which makes fun of, and also affects and undermines public order, religious values and public morals, will be a crime in the field of cyberspace”, – stated in the message of the Saudi Prosecutor’s office, published in “Twitter”.

It notes that the maximum penalty for such offense includes up to five years imprisonment and a fine of three million riyals (about 800 thousand dollars).

The Agency notes that the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman as-Saud is taking strict measures against critics of the government. So, for the last year in Saudi Arabia were arrested dozens of preachers, intellectuals, businessmen and activists.

In September 2017 the Saudi authorities issued an appeal to the citizen of the country which urged to report the activity of the compatriots on social networks, the nature of which can be considered a terrorist.