(AFP) – Dec 4, 2007
RIYADH (AFP) — Delegates at a forum organised by the Saudi intelligence services have called on the United Nations to sponsor a treaty outlawing the use of communications technology to spread extremist ideologies.
Some 3,000 people, including 500 women, most of them IT experts, were invited to the event which ended in Riyadh on Tuesday and was chaired by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz, who is also defence minister.
The forum's final statement asked the UN to press member states for the "introduction of new laws to criminalise the use of communications technology to spread terrorist ideologies which concerns all countries."
Since May 2003, oil-rich Saudi Arabia has been hit by periodic attacks by suspected Al-Qaeda militants.
The kingdom imposes a strict version of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism which has been accused of inspiring Muslim militants around the world.
Prince Abdel Aziz bin Bandar bin Abdel Aziz, assistant to the head of Saudi intelligence, said the service had listed nearly 17,000 Internet sites run by Islamist groups which condone the use of violence to achieve their aims, Saudi newspapers reported on Saturday.
Late last month, a Saudi newspaper said 1,500 extremists had been freed after they repented.
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