Saudi king or­ders colum­nist to stop pil­ing on the praise

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz has or­dered an over-en­thu­si­as­tic colum­nist to be sus­pended from his job af­ter he equated him with God, Saudi me­dia re­ported yesterday. Ra­madan Al-Anzi’s col­umn in AlJazi­rah news­pa­per de­scrib­ing King Sal­man as “Haleem”, or for­bear­ing, and “Shadeed al-Eqab”, strict in pun­ish­ment - both terms as­so­ci­ated in Is­lam with God ap­peared to have gone too far. The news­pa­per pub­lished an apol­ogy late on Satur­day. Saudi me­dia re­ported that the king had or­dered that ac­tion be taken against the news­pa­per. In a mes­sage to In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad, the king wrote that he was “as­ton­ished by some of the phrases used in the col­umn”, ac­cord­ing to Okaz news­pa­per.

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