Saudi king scraps flogging for woman journalist

Saudi king scraps floggi

October 26, 2009 13:08

The Saudi king on Monday waived the lashing punishment for a Saudi female journalist charged with involvement in a TV sex show. The Information Ministry spokesman on Monday said that 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. 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 said 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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