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Saudi Official Fired for Slapping Photographer; At Least Some Press Freedom Still Exists

So what if the journalism industry is constantly worried about the eroding rights of a free press? Here’s the king of Saudi Arabia to prove that it’s still not cool to slap journalists. See? Stop complaining, media.

According to Gulf News, King Salman, who recently ascended to the throne in January, fired the head of royal protocol, Mohammed al-Tobayshi, days after a video of him slapping a photographer emerged in a newscast.

Watch the man in the keffiyeh behind the two kings greeting each other, and imagine that stretched out for an entire NBC miniseries:

Though no official reason was given for his firing, it became pretty obvious to Saudi journalists that it was because of The Slap. “This is a great day for journalists and media figures,” journalist Abdullah Al Bergawi told Gulf News. “Removing the head of the royal protocol in support of a journalist is a clear consolidation of the status of the media and a victory for journalism.”

Freedom from slaps. Eh, we’ll take it.

[h/t Fox News]
[Image via screenshot]

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