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Read Me/Disclaimer: This is a non-political/socio-political blog. It's a running tale of my Saudi Arabian adventure, great, good, bad, and ugly. It is uncensored, and I don't really care what you think of it, read it or don't. I don't care. I did not decide to do this as a means to an end, but rather to document the means with which I occupied my time while waiting for my end... All that being said, I'm an American Expat in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The opportunity to help build this system and the salary that accompanied it were to good to pass up.-Geoff

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Stop Blogging?

I had a good weekend, spent time with new friends and old, and am actually beginning to have something of a social life here in the Kingdom.  I'm sure there are some blogging topics in there somewhere as well, some of the ideas have already been hatched, but aren't quite developed enough to stand on their own just yet.

However, when having dinner with the friend of a friend, someone who has been here for 14 years and oversees a workforce of nearly a thousand, the topic of blogging came up.  This person stopped suddenly and said "you blog?"  I replied that I did, they then told me quiet matter of factly, and without emotion that I should stop immediately, delete whatever I could and deny that I'd ever had anything to do with it.  I was shocked to say the least.  I was told that since the invention of the blog, more good employees have been kicked out of Saudi than you know, and that often the blogger spends a couple of nights in jail, their apartment raided, their bank account frozen and their belongings confiscated and is finally released to a one way ticket home, never to return to the Kingdom.  I found this a little hard to believe.  But they insisted that you should make a choice, work and money or blog.

As an American, I find this disturbing.  I'm a free man, a citizen of a free country, I publish what are clearly opinions or document the source of anything I call fact.  Could I accidentally cross some lines?  Could I accidentally cross lines that can't be uncrossed?  Does blogging and writing about my experiences here in the Kingdom put me at risk for being booted?  I don't know, and I don't know what I'll do about it, maybe tone down some of the political stuff, maybe be extra sweet instead of critical, I just don't know.  I'm curious to see what others think.  So if you stop by and read the blog from time to time, let me know your opinion on this topic.

Geoff

4 comments:

  1. Well, I could see it happening to you. You ain't in Kansas anymore. It's their kingdom, and their rules and maybe you should not let down your guard. Realize, that govt. may be "allies" os the US, but they are cold brutal people when it come to their form of justice. Maybe you should take the money and keep quiet. I don't see an abitrary beheading or stoneing, but they could take all you've earned and kick you out.

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  2. Geof, I have also heard about blogger going jail, their apartment raided, etc, etc in the kingdom. And just like Uncle Bill said it is their kingdom.

    But figure out something.
    Don't stop blogging :(.
    I always say your blog is best.

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  3. it happened to very few who dare to speak against politics and things they think you shouldn't speak of.. we are all have been blogging for years and nothing happen. People tend to exaggerate, not that I defend the kingdom, it's just things are -as I said- exaggerated sometimes.

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    1. Thanks Wafa, that's kind my opinion too.

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