The new electronic media law will not apply to social media involving Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and whatnot, a senior media official said here on Saturday. "All the articles of the law, which have been sent by the government to the National Assembly (parliament), have nothing to do whatsoever with personal accounts on social media," Assistant Undersecretary of the Information Ministry for Media Planning and Knowledge Development Mohammad Al-Awash said in a press statement.
The e-media draft law is primarily meant to regulate professional media work, online papers, private news agencies, publishing houses, commercial media services and online news channels, he elaborated. It also aims at filling the legislative gap in this regard, organizing deals and protecting dealers' rights, the official pointed out.
Al-Awash confirmed that the fresh piece of legislation imposes no restrictions on personal freedoms which are enshrined in the country's constitution, adding that the bill is the fruit of long discussions and debates that were attended by members of parliament, experts, specialists and civil society representatives.