Journalism’s Win in Saudi

Writing for The Huffington Post, Faisal Abbas describes a recent clash over the new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

The conservative Sheikh Saad Al Shethry has recently criticized the university for allowing men and women to study together. Al Watan journalist Jamal Khashogji struck back, accusing Sheikh Al Shethry for “interrupting the progress of the nation” and providing moral support to those who live in the “Caves of Afghanistan.” An intense debate ensued, culminating with the surprise resignation of the Sheikh from the influential Council of Senior Scholars.

For Abbas, the episode is a “valuable lesson for Saudi journalists who often shy away from confronting sensitive social matters.”