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.