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RSF: Journalist sentenced to 60 lashes in Saudi Arabia – for link to TV programme about sex

[Update from the AP: The Saudi monarch, King Abdullah, has now waived the flogging sentence, ‘the second such pardoning of such a high profile case by the monarch in recent years’. Full article at this link…]

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released a statement condemning the sentence of 60 lashes passed by a judge in Jeddah, on journalist Rozanna al-Yami, ‘because she worked for the Lebanese Broadcast Corporation (LBC), a satellite TV station that shocked conservative Saudis last July by broadcasting an interview with a Saudi man talking openly about his sex life’.

It is understood that the judge dropped the charges that she had directly worked on the programme, but imposed a sentence nonetheless.

RSF release at this link…

More from the Associated Press at this link.