They’re not upset about the documentary because they remember when MTV played music videos. No, here is another study in priorities under Sharia, where “government knows best” meets “Allah knows best.” “Saudi religious police probe MTV programme for ‘sin’,” from BBC News, June 2:
Saudi Arabia’s religious police are investigating three young Saudis who challenged the country’s strict laws in a TV programme.
The two men and a woman were featured in a MTV documentary talking about how they wanted to subvert the Islamic laws of the country.
In recent years the rulers of the oil-rich kingdom have said they want to instigate reforms.
But lawyers say the three could face stern penalties.
The Saudi judicial system is based on a strict Islamic code and can hand out jail terms and floggings for people who break them.
In the programme – called Resist the Power! Saudi Arabia – a girl named only as Fatimah told how she disguised herself as a boy to ride a bicycle in the streets of Jeddah.
The 20-year-old also railed against the traditional women’s dress – a black robe known as an abaya.
She said she made her own abayas in bright colours, which she sold to friends.
A young man, Aziz, talked about his attempts to break the strict segregation of the sexes in Saudi life – to meet his girlfriend for a date.
“We are not free to live as we like,” said the 24-year-old.
That’s Sharia for you.
The four part documentary, which was screened in the US, also followed a Saudi heavy metal band who struggled to find venues that would allow them to play.
An official at a court in Jeddah said the films were being investigated for the crimes of “openly declaring sin” and a decision would be made on whether to prosecute in the next few days, Reuters reported….