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Saudi watchdog said to regulate homegrown YouTube shows
April 23, 2014, 9:46 am
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Saudi Arabia plans to regulate local companies that screen shows on YouTube, a senior official was quoted as saying in local media on Tuesday - a move that could stifle its nascent creative industries.

The kingdom is the world's top per capita user of YouTube. Dissatisfaction over state broadcasters' staid programming and societal restrictions have created a uniquely captive audience for web-based entertainment, in a country where nearly half the population is under 25.

But YouTube's popularity has now brought Saudi Arabia's homegrown production houses under the gaze of the General Authority for Audiovisual Media, a recently formed watchdog.

Riyadh Najm, the Authority's president, told the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat that his organization would soon issue a manifesto to organize - or regulate - the work of YouTube channels.

Saudi Arabia plans to regulate local companies that screen shows on YouTube, a senior official was quoted as saying in local media on Tuesday - a move that could stifle its nascent creative industries.

he kingdom is the world's top per capita user of YouTube. Dissatisfaction over state broadcasters' staid programming and societal restrictions have created a uniquely captive audience for web-based entertainment, in a country where nearly half the population is under 25.

But YouTube's popularity has now brought Saudi Arabia's homegrown production houses under the gaze of the General Authority for Audiovisual Media, a recently formed watchdog.
Riyadh Najm, the Authority's president, told the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat that his organization would soon issue a manifesto to organize - or regulate - the work of YouTube channels.

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