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Sunday, 13 August, 2000, 12:36 GMT 13:36 UK
Saudi authorities close internet clubs

The authorities in Saudi Arabia are reported to have blocked access to all internet computer clubs where subscribers were exchanging pornographic material.

A senior Saudi official was quoted as saying the measure was introduced because it was hard for the authorities to control the clubs.

Saudi Arabia is a deeply religious and conservative country, where pornography in any form is forbidden.

The BBC Middle East correspondent says this move will deal a serious blow to freedom of information in Saudi society, where the internet provides one of the few opportunities for young people to express their feelings and discuss certain taboo topics.

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