Saudi king scraps flogging for woman journalist

I applaud yet another moderate but responsible decision from the Saudi ruling family… this is a part of a very promising pattern.

From Gulf News

Information Ministry spokesman says King Abdullah ordered that the 60 lashes sentence for Rozanna Al Yami be dropped.

Riyadh: The Saudi king has waived the lashing punishment for a Saudi female journalist charged with involvement in a TV sex show

(Sophie: actually the show was about societal taboos and featured one episode where a Saudi national spoke about his active sex life.  He has been jailed for the acts he admitted to during this interview.)

The Information Ministry spokesman on Monday says King Abdullah ordered that the 60 lashes sentence for Rozanna al-Yami be dropped.

She was charged with involvement in a TV show in which a Saudi man publicly talked about sex, a taboo subject in the ultraconservative country.

Al Yami, who has denied the charges against her, is believed to be the first woman Saudi journalist to get a flogging punishment.

Spokesman Abdul-Rahman al-Hazza says the king ordered her case and that of another woman journalist – also accused of involvement in the program – be referred to an Information Ministry committee.

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