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Ministry decisions issued to regulate electronic media

13 Dec 2020

H E Dr Abdullah bin Nasser al Harrasi, Minister of Information, issued two ministerial decisions to regulate the electronic press, radio and television in the sultanate on Sunday.

The first decision, which amends some provisions of the Executive Regulation of the Law on Publications and Publishing, seeks to organise electronic journalism in the sultanate. Amendments introduced to articles pertain to the practice of importing, selling and publishing electronic publications, as well as applying for an electronic media agency licence and working as electronic media reporter.

Article 2 grants a three-month grace period for the adjustment of status of those operating in the profession as well as reporters of electronic news agencies as of the date of enforcement of this decision.

The decision was issued on December 7 and comes into effect from December 14. 

The second decision amends some provision of the Executive Regulation of the Law on Private Radio and Television Establishments.

The decision replaces the text of Article 11 with the following: ‘Without prejudice to the Commercial Companies Law promulgated under Royal Decree No 18/2019, the provisions of this clause apply to applicants of radio, television or other establishments to adjust their status with this decision within three months from its date of enforcement.’

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