Saturday, October 24, 2009

Show Events Sex, Saudi Arabia Journalists Convicted Whips

Saudi Arabian court sentenced a journalist for women with a whip punishment 60. The reason, she is working on a television talk show which delivers about Arab male sex recognition.

The woman named Rosana (22). Rosana found guilty, the court stated Jeddah Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) has no authority to operate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

A similar incident had happened to Mazen Abdul Awad early October. Mazen must accept the penalty of 5 years and 1,000 lashes punishment after he dared to appear in the LBC and talk about sexual exploitation.

"I had nothing to do with the show Mazen Abdul-Jawad. The verdict was just because I work with LBC," Rosana said as quoted by AFP, Reuters reported Sunday (25/10/2009).

The event has sparked public outrage Arabs. Especially conservative clerics who strongly condemned the event delivery.

LBC is popular in the Arab channel that a lot of entertainment shows. One of them is a talk show and entertainment programs western style.

"I do not know (that LBC did not have permission), but ultimately this is a decision and I accept it. I'm not going to appeal," said Rosana.

"This is the first case in which a journalist was tried in court for an offense related to his profession," said Sulaiman al-Jumaie, a lawyer who defended Abdul-Jawad.

Saudi Arabian authorities closed the LBC office after the show aired. Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a shareholder in LBC.

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