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Saudi sex talker may face death sentence
LBC’s office in Jeddah has been forced to close after a Saudi man described his sexual exploits on one of its shows.
August 9, 2009 12:55 by Aarti Nagraj
Saudi Arabia has closed the Jeddah office of Lebanon-based television network LBC for airing an interview with Mazen Abdul-Jawad, a Saudi man, in which he talked about his sexual escapades. Abdul-Jawad was arrested last month in Jeddah after he discussed his sex life and the use of sex aids and toys on “Ahmar Bilkhat al-Areed” (Wide Red Lines) on LBC.
The 32-year-old divorced father of four spoke from his bedroom in Jeddah, says Reuters.
“Everything happens in this room,” he said on the show, later describing his tricks for picking up women on the streets of Jeddah.
Information ministry spokesman Abdul Rahman al-Hazzaa confirmed to AFP news agency that LBC’s Jeddah office was shut down because of the interview.
Abdul-Jawad has been charged with publicizing vice, and according to lawyers he may even face the death penalty.
It seems absurd that a TV channel would allow the airing of something so explicit in Saudi. But do you think that incidents like this one, which gain international attention, will lead to the erosion of conservatism in the kingdom?