Saturday, 15 June 2013
Let Them Eat Cake! ... Make Sure It Is Halal!
Reporting of poverty remains a state taboo.
In December 2011, days after the Arab Spring uprisings, the Saudi interior ministry detained reporter Feros Boqna and two colleagues and held them for almost two weeks for questioning after they uploaded a video on the topic to YouTube.
Statistics on the issue are not available through the UN resources because the Saudi government does not issue poverty figures.
Observers researching the issue prefer to stay anonymous because of the risk of being arrested. Three journalists: Feras Boqna, Hussam al-Drewesh and Khaled al-Rasheed were detained after posting 10-minute film 'Mal3ob 3alena', or 'We are being cheated' on Saudis living in poverty to YouTube.
Authors of the video claim that 22% of Saudis are considered to be poor (2009) and 70% of Saudis do not own their houses.