As many blogs have noted, Suzie’s Big Adventure, written by an American woman married to a Saudi and living in the Kingdom, has for some reason been blocked to readers in the KSA. Just why is a puzzle—though there’s tons of speculation, of course.
I don’t understand the censoring—and censorship is exactly what it is. She’s not revealing deep secrets of powerful figures, nor is she threatening national security. In my view, she has been posting about everyday life in the Kingdom, with its paradoxes, puzzles, mysteries, and ambiguities in a truthful manner. It would be interesting to know who got her site banned, but that’s probably unknowable.
I do hope the censoring authorities come to realize that their blocking her site puts the country into a far darker light than anything she’s written. I hope, too, that the person responsible comes to understand the damage he has done to the reputation of Saudi Arabia and all Saudis by giving the Saudi-bashers another datum on which to base their bashing. Lastly, I hope this ban is lifted quickly.