Saudi stops LBC journalist lashing
Chris Forrester

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has ordered that the proposed lashing for a female LBC journalist based in the country be cancelled.

Saudi Arabia’s Information Ministry spokesman on Monday said 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, considered a taboo subject.

But the case is not fully over. The Ministry spokesman Abdul-Rahman al-Hazza said the king ordered that her case and that of another woman journalist - also accused of involvement in the programme - be referred to an Information Ministry committee.