#Saudi­wom­en­can­drive

ArabAd - - SOCIAL SPHERE -

Septem­ber 26 marked a fun­da­men­tal mile­stone for Saudi women who have fi­nally re­claimed their right to drive. The de­ci­sion was an­nounced through a rul­ing or­der signed off by King Sal­man, stat­ing the amend­ment of the coun­try’s long-stand­ing traf­fic laws in a way to al­low the gov­ern­ment to is­sue driver’s li­censes for both women and men. Af­ter be­ing of­fi­cially con­firmed by Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and on state tele­vi­sion, the de­ci­sion was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally picked up by ma­jor news out­lets and in­stantly spread across so­cial me­dia, be­com­ing the talk of Twit­ter (and the In­ter­net) for two days straight and prompt­ing a num­ber of sup­port­ing posts from brands and in­di­vid­u­als along the way. Yet, one of the posts raised an­other is­sue re­lated to orig­i­nal­ity. It came from the Ford brand ac­cused of copy­ing an idea cre­ated by J.wal­ter Thomp­son a year ago for news out­let Raseef 22.

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