Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Saudi Arabia: tv presenter brutally beaten

Rania Al-Baz is a presenter on Saudi Television’s Channel 1. She was brutally beaten by her husband and is recovering in hospital.

Read her story here, here and here.

The poor woman! What a horrible story.

UPDATE: The BBC and others have picked up the story. The focus is on the fact that Rania has allowed her photograph to be published. But according to this opinion piece in the Arab News, her story only appeared in the Saudi English language papers.
... this particular incident of domestic violence suffered by a well-known TV presenter was nowhere to be found in the local Arabic printed media. Both the Kingdom’s English language papers were the only Saudi papers that ran the story as did the Arabic sister publication of Arab News, Asharq Al-Awsat, which is a pan-Arab newspaper.

Why is our local press so reluctant to publish these stories?