Saudi Public Prosecution criminalizes defamatory insults over social media

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution has criminalized the use and spread of defamatory or slanderous insults within Saudi society through social media or through general use of the internet.

In a statement on its official Twitter account on Wednesday, the prosecution said those found guilty of this would face a maximum jail term of five years and a maximum fine of 3 million riyals.

It includes anyone who “violates public order, religious values or morals in private and public spheres,” the statement added.