SR 3 million fine for sharing curfew violation videos

On the 23rd of March, King Salman of Saudi Arabia has imposed a country-wide curfew from 7:00 pm to 6:am for 21 days to curb the spread of coronavirus.

After the start of curfew, many people tried to violate it and others recorded the violation. It is important to note that there is a fine of SR 10,000 if somebody goes out during curfew. In the case of a second offense, the fine is increased to SR 20,000 with 20 days Jail.

SR 3 million fine for sharing curfew violation videos

On the first day of curfew, social media was stormed by video clips and pictures of people who violated curfew regulations.

The Saudi Public Prosecutor has warned that according to Article Six of the Information Crime Prevention Law, there is a fine of SR 3 million and imprisonment of 5 years for sharing such videos.

Is sharing Saudi police videos imposing curfew fines also a crime?

Most of us have already shared some videos and pictures where Saudi police are imposing fine on the violators of curfew orders. A question arises if it is also considered a crime. The answer is No.

We have been sharing these videos to warn others not to commit a violation. The purpose of the video is not to make fun of anyone or incite others to go out and so something silly. Therefore, it is not a violation of Article 6 of the Information Crime Prevention Law.

What about the videos already shared?

If you have already shared such videos on your social media profiles, please proceed to delete them as soon as possible. All those videos which are making fun of the curfew regulations or inciting people to go out should be immediately deleted.

If you have shared them with your friends through WhatsApp, make sure you warn all of them that there is a fine of SR 3 million and they should not circulate it to others. 

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.