This photo shows a package of inflatable water wings that are marketed for small children to wear on their arms when swimming. The child model has been left relatively unscathed, however the female model standing behind her has been almost entirely blacked out with a marker. Only her hand is left visible.
Like many things here in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, censorship is carried to an unbelievable extreme. Aside from the expected written word, pornography, and bad language in movies, some things that are censored here will surprise you. Red flowers, red lingerie and red candy boxes are banned just prior to Valentine’s Day every year (for more on this, click here). It’s not unusual for entire scenes to be deleted from broadcast movies if there are any sexy parts or sexual connotations, including something as innocent as kissing. Bloggers too must be very careful about what they write – one blogger calling for change in the Kingdom was jailed for four months last year without any charges brought against him (to read more, click here). Not too long ago, the newspapers here carried stories about how the religious police had banned the sale of puppies and kittens, deeming them as tempting tools used to attract the opposite sex. I know you think I must be making this up, but I’m not kidding!
If you are interested in reading more about this fascinating and controversial topic here in Saudi Arabia, several months ago, I wrote a more in-depth post about it on my other blog, Susie’s Big Adventure.
I would also highly recommend these interesting articles pertaining to this subject matter:
A hilarious tongue-in-cheek masterpiece written by my fellow blogging buddy, Aafke of Clouddragon.
A provocative look at the censorship issue by another blogger friend of mine, American Bedu.
An unbelievable story published by the Arab View which was written by a Saudi woman journalist, Lubna Hussain.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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