Saudi Arabia bans unlicensed arts, photography exhibitions


RIYADH, Jan. 12 — Saudi Arabia will impose a ban on holding arts and photography exhibitions without permission from the Interior and Culture Ministries, local Al Hayat newspaper reported on Sunday.
“The decision was made to prevent violations at those exhibitions, including paintings that have sexual connotations or abuse against religious and political figures,” General Director of Mecca branch of the Culture Ministry, Saud Al Shikhi, told the newspaper.
He said that the items will be reviewed and approved by senior artists before being displayed. Saudi Arabia’s policies and decisions are influenced by its conservative Sunni society. It is one of the few countries in the world that implement Islamic regulations (Shari’a) in almost all walks of life, including penalties.[db:内容2]