Saudi Arabia to Punish Online Satire with Up to 5 Years of Jail Time

Saudi Arabia has made online satire a punishable offense with sentences of up to 5 years jail time. According to the public prosecutor, the law is to crackdown on dissent throughout the kingdom.

“Producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media … will be considered a cybercrime punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of three million riyals ($800,000),” the public prosecution tweeted late Monday.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been the target of international criticism before for targeting human rights activists and political dissidents.

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