United States Cuba Policy & Business Blog

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saudi Female TV Journalist Gets 60 lashes

COMMENT: Saudi Arabia is the most important energy ally and supplier of the United States and we maintain normal diplomatic relations and there are no travel restrictions to Saudi Arabia imposed by our country on our citizens. Yet, we maintain an embargo on Cuba and deny our citizens the right to travel to Cuba freely- TM

RIYADH (Reuters) – A Saudi court sentenced a female journalist to 60 lashes in a case brought after a Lebanese television channel she worked for aired the sex confession of a Saudi man, the reporter and a lawyer said. Rosana, 22, who did not want her full name disclosed, said a court in Jeddah convicted her on Saturday on grounds that the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) she worked for did not have proper authorization to operate in the Islamic kingdom.

The ruling follows the sentencing by the same court of Mazen Abdul-Awad to five years in jail and 1,000 lashes earlier in October after he appeared on an LBC show and talked about his sexual exploits.

The show has sparked a public outcry in the U.S. ally, one of the world's most conservative countries where clerics have wide-ranging influence and control.