A court on Saturday sentenced a female Saudi journalist to receive 60 lashes for her links with a Saudi-owned Lebanese TV network which broadcast a provocative racy show in July.
Rosanna al-Yami said a Jeddah judge dropped all charges that she had been directly involved with a program on Beirut-based network LBC in which a Saudi man boasted of his sex life, outraging Saudi conservatives and leading to the man's imprisonment.
However, Yami said the judge sentenced her to 60 lashes for having been a part-time employee for LBC's Saudi operations. The judge said that LBC had lacked the appropriate operating license.
"It's a punishment for all journalists through me," Yami told AFP by telephone.
"They just said the channel was illegal. But the Saudi minister of information himself appeared on LBC a couple week ago," she said.
Yami's sentencing comes after airline sales clerk Mazen Abdul Jawad was convicted of offensive behavior and sentenced to five years in jail and 1,000 lashes on Oct.7 for his July appearance on the LBC show "Bold Red Line" in which he talked about picking up girls and having sex with them.
Three friends who appeared on the show with him were given two-year terms and 300 lashes each, while a cameraman who helped film the episode was sentenced to two months in jail.