Saudi Arabia: Be Careful of What You Tweet or Blog!

careful of what you tweet


A Saudi blogger wrote and also tweeted with an opinion about Saudi women who worked as waitresses at the Hardees in Jeddah.  His derogatory and negative statement so outraged many women (and others) on Tweeter that there was an outcry that the blogger/tweeter should have legal action taken against him based on Shari’ah law.

As Tweeter Jood Al Sineen told Gulf News, “Insulting honest women is to be punished, the Shariah texts say, … “An honest woman will always remain honest wherever she goes. Nobody should accuse women of anything unless they witnessed it. That is the rule.”

According to Saudi legal consultant, Ahmad Al Muhaimad, “Those who felt insulted by the tweet targeting their honour and dignity should go to the court and demand the application of the law dealing with IT crimes in Saudi Arabia.”

This is a case worth following.  Many of us in the blogosphere, twitter, Facebook or other social media may wrongly or naively believe that we can freely state our viewpoint regardless of how controversial it comes across. However, as bloggers or tweeters, but especially bloggers, we have to use good judgment and write responsibly…in my personal opinion at least.

7 Responses

  1. Why are they outraged when they live in a country that views them as little more than mindless children? The man is a product of his culture…be outraged at the culture.

  2. The demands to show intolerant treatment to the man in this case is understandable. The tweets are offensive and expected to upset the women. The tweets have targeted something extremely sacred and inviolable, which is the women’s honour. Their Honour (reputation) is protected by sharia, and any violation of this honour can lead to unpleasant Castigation. Equally, demanding the employment of Sharia into this case is easy to understand.

    This case has similarities with some previous cases involved tweets offences. One famous example was when so many people in Saudi were offended by an insult to our Prophet Mohammed -pace be upon him-. The prophet status is no less than the women’s honour and any violation to it is not acceptable and should be deterred. Unlike in this case, the offenders in the prophet cases usually get support from the free world and the principle of free speech often used to justify such a defence. The advocacy of free speech is no where to be seen in the case of Hardees Girls. There is inconsistency in the stands regarding these issues. People who assumed impartiality of others might be puzzled by such inconsistency. Those people need to realise that the inconsistency is the result of stands driven by agenda. Free speech is fantastic cover.

  3. Perhaps some people think that such slurs against the women’s honor might affect them and their families? So far as I understand it, the prophet, pbuh, has been dead for quite some time and is quite beyond being offended by what someone might twit, blog, Facebook, say, etc. Perhaps some people view it that way?

  4. Oops…I’ve just been informed that the verb form of “twitter” is “tweet” and not “twit”.

  5. Okie — thanks for giving me a good laugh in regards to verb forms! (smile)

    On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM, American Bedu

  6. I agree with the women- it is terrible what this man wrote about their job and position in the society. It is an effort to sabbotage the support women in the labour market that is just starting to improve.
    I would not feel sympathy if he is punished so others do not make the same mistakes.

  7. I wonder if there is a ‘hooters’ in Saudi Arabia and how men would react if the women could wear the orange shorts and the tight t-shirts!

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