Saudi cleric wants death for TV "sorcerers"
"Those who call in to these shows should not be accorded Muslim rites when they die," the prominent cleric added.
In their capacity as judges, clerics of Saudi Arabia's austere form of Islam often sentence "sorcerers" to death.
He was referring to comedy shows and soap operas airing in Ramadan, a month of fasting when Muslims are supposed to focus on God. Critics say Ramadan has become an orgy of food and television consumption once the fast ends at sunset.
"The position of Muslims and their rulers about these channels is that they should be talked to and if they continue airing depravity and shamelessness they should be banished from this place and others brought in their place."
The owners of Arab entertainment channels, including MBC, ART, Orbit, Rotana and LBC, are mostly Saudi royals and businessmen closely allied to them.