Saudi Cleric Arrested for Criticizing Western Concerts
A Saudi human rights group announced this week that conservative religious scholar Sheikh Omar al-Muqbil was detained after denouncing the General Entertainment Authority for inviting Western pop acts. In a video that’s trending on social media, Muqbil, a professor of Islamic law at Qassim University, said the GEA was “erasing the original identity of society” by hosting stars like Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and Janet Jackson.
Why is Saudi Arabia big on entertainment? Spending up to $64 billion on the industry over the next decade is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 plan to attract investment and help wean the kingdom off oil.