5-year jail, 3 million fine for rumormongers


Okaz/Saudi Gazette report

Jeddah —
Sharing or spreading rumors or fake news that might affect public order and security is considered cybercrime punishable by 5-year imprisonment and SR 3 million fine, the Public Prosecution reiterated on Saturday.

It said that Article 6 of the Cybercrimes Regulations stipulates a maximum 5-year imprisonment and a maximum SR3 million fine or one of these two penalties for those who produce or spread or share electronically anything that breaches public order, religious values, public morals and privacy.

The same penalty will apply if such materials are prepared or sent electronically or stored on computer and in social media networks.