Thursday, May 18, 2006

Women's Issues: Saudi King warns newspapers against publishing photographs of women

King Abdullah, who has been regarded as a "quiet reformer," has warned Saudi editors to stop publishing photographs of women because they could lead young men "astray."

Newspapers have been publishing pictures of women - always wearing the traditional Muslim head scarf - to illustrate articles about women's issues.

It would be interesting to see if such a warning would apply if German Chancellor Angela Merkel , or Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, were to visit.