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Saudis in MTV Show Find Themselves in Hot Water

Dubai, UAE : 01 June 2010

Young Saudi Arabians, who have appeared on an MTV reality show called “True Life – Resist the Power, Saudi Arabia,” have found themselves in hot water with the authorities.

Religious police in Jeddah, known as Saudi’s most liberal city, are taking three youths to court for ‘openly declaring sin’ on the Kingdom.  The contributors to the programme speak on camera about their attempts to overcome Saudi restrictions, including one young man who shows his endeavours to meet up with his girlfriend.

Lawyers watching how the case unfolds stated how difficult it might be to stop the ‘religious clockwork’ once it was put in action and suggested that the three might have to suffer ‘harsh sanctions.’

Last year, Mazen Abdul Jawad, a young Saudi who had appeared on Lebanese TV boasting of his sex life, found himself sentenced to 1,000 lashes and five years in prison as a punishment.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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