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Saudi king pardons female reporter from flogging

Woman was charged for involvement in controversial TV show

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The king of Saudi Arabia waived a 60 lashes punishment for a female journalist charged with involvement in a TV show in which a Saudi man publicly talked about his raunchy sex life, a government official said Monday.

The Information Ministry's spokesman, Abdul-Rahman al-Hazza, said that the king waived the sentence he was given details about the case by the information minister.

Last week a court in Jeddah sentenced journalist Rosanna Yami to 60 lashes for her role in the July broadcasting on Lebanese satellite channel LBC of the sex talk episode called "Bold Red Line."

In the episode a divorced Saudi father of four who works for the national airline, Mazen Abdul-Jawad, described an active and raunchy sex life and showed sex toys that were blurred by the station in the footage shown on TV.

The government moved swiftly in the wake of the case, shutting down LBC's two offices in the kingdom and arresting Abdul-Jawad.