Thursday, October 25, 2007

Saudi Arabia bans Forbes issue over king's wealth

from Reuters

"The reason was a two-page report on the wealth of 15 ruling dynasties, seven of which are Arab," Refaat Jaafar, managing editor of Dubai-based Forbes Arabia, told Reuters. "This sort of ban is counterproductive." He said the Saudi distribution company was told about the ban on Tuesday. "Instead of ripping out the pages of the report, the authorities decided to ban the magazine altogether," said one government official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Officials at the information ministry could not immediately comment on the ban ... Saudi authorities have ordered columns by Khalid al-Dakhil, a prominent Saudi analyst and university lecturer, to be ripped out of Forbes Arabia twice so far this year.

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