Hardline Saudi clerics want to ban women from TV, print media

They’ve also requested a ban on music shows

A group of conservative hardline clerics has urged Saudi Arabia’s new information minister to ban the playing of music and music shows on television. The clerics’ statement to Abdel Aziz Khoja (who was appointed by King Abdullah last month) said “No Saudi women should appear on TV, no matter what the reason. No images of women should appear in Saudi newspapers and magazines.” The requests are likely to fall flat despite the pressure the new minister is under to please conservative Saudis, because Khoja’s appointment was part of a re-organization effort to remove several hardline figures from government.

Associated Press

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