Comedian blamed over Saudi crown prince joke

A popular Lebanese comedian made a joke about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Hicham Haddad

Comedian Hicham Haddad

Lebanon prosecutes comedian over Saudi crown prince joke

Lebanon’s public prosecution has filed a case against a popular comedian who made a joke about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Hicham Haddad, who is the presenter of a satirical television programme called Lahon w Bas, was responding to a clip of a Lebanese TV personality who predicted that the Saudi prince’s doctor would advise him to stop eating fast food, the website of Al-Nahar newspaper reported.

Haddad then reportedly quipped that the Saudi royal should instead stop “fast arrests, fast policies, fast campaigns and fast military strikes”, according to the website of Bisara7a magazine.

Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) confirmed that a case had been filed against Haddad under Article 23 of Law 104/77 over “Haddad’s mention of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Lahon w Bas programme”.

The agency later quoted Lebanon’s Minister of Justice Salim Jreissati as denying any involvement in the decision to take action against Haddad, saying that the decision had been taken by the public prosecution alone.

A hashtag of Haddad’s name in Arabic has now been used over 10,000 times on Twitter, amid widespread criticism of the case.

The leader of the Kataeb party, Samy Gemayel, wrote in a tweet: “We can’t keep up with the cases against journalists, even programmes that make us laugh in our homes are under censorship. In solidarity with #HichamHaddad”.

Meanwhile, popular Lebanese talk show host Tony Khalifeh criticised the incident, asking why the judiciary had only decided to react now, noting that no action had been taken against either the Lebanese media when it mocked Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri for stuttering during a parliamentary session, or Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya TV channel when it hosted a speaker who made comments harshly critical of Lebanon’s leaders and politics.

Source: BBC Monitoring, January 25, 2018
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Kuwait protests after Saudi ‘insults’ minister on Twitter

Kuwait on Wednesday protested to Saudi Arabia over derogatory remarks made by a senior adviser to the Saudi royal court against one of its cabinet ministers.

Deputy foreign minister Khaled al-Jarallah told reporters that he conveyed the Kuwaiti complaint to the Saudi ambassador in the country.

“We have expressed our regret and blame over the insult against (commerce minister) Khaled al-Roudhan, a minister who enjoys the full trust of all in Kuwait,” he said.

The adviser, Turki al-Shaikh, who also heads the sports authority, described Roudhan as a “mercenary” in a Twitter post a few days ago.

The tweet came after Roudhan, who is also the minister of youth, visited Qatar last week to thank its emir for helping to lift an international ban on Kuwaiti football.

Jarallah said the tweet could undermine the strong and fraternal bilateral ties between the two Gulf Arab neighbours.

Saudi relations with Qatar are highly strained after Riyadh along with United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in June imposed a total blockade against Doha.

The Saudi-led alliance accuses Qatar of supporting extremist groups, a charge Doha categorically denied.

Kuwait has been leading mediation efforts to resolve the dispute.

Source: by Simon Allison, ArabianBusiness.com, January 25, 2018
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One Response to Comedian blamed over Saudi crown prince joke

  1. Jeromy says:

    Huh huh Useless Saudi kingdom subjugates smaller arab countries…shame on you

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