Sunday, February 7, 2010

Saudi Court Orders 60 Lashes for 22-Year-Old Female Journalist; King Abdullah Waives the Sentence After Intense International Media Attention

The Associated press reported that a court in jeddah, saudi arabia sentenced Rozanna Al-Yami, a 22-year-old female journalist, to 60 lashes after she was charged with promoting a television program in which a Saudi man talked about sex. Ms. Yami said that she had worked as coordinator for the program "Blod Red Line" but had not worked on this particular episode. see 60 Lashed Ordered for Saudi Woman, N.Y Times, oct 25,2009,sec. 1, at 11. The prosecutor in that case had called for even harshed punishment.

The man in that television show, Mazen Abdul-Jawad, was a divorced Saudi father of four children. He was sentenced to five year in prison and 1,000 lashes. He had described having an active sex life and showed sex toys, which the station blurred. The New York times said that the program "scandalized this conservative country."

Three other men who appeared on the show were also convicted of discussing sex and were reportedly sentenced to two imprisonment and 300 lashes each.


The program in question was broadcas in july on the lebanese satellite Channel LBC. The saudi government also closed down LBC's TWO offices in saudi arabia

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