A selfie-ban has been imposed in a modern and redeveloped Saudi Arabia, where it is no longer unusual to find movie theaters and halal night clubs.
According to the Jakarta Post, the ban was enforced to prohibit people from taking pictures and making videos at the two holiest Muslim sites, the Masjid al-Haram of Makkah, known as the Great Mosque of Mecca, and the Masjid an-Nabawi of Medina, or the Mosque of the Prophet.
The Saudi ban on selfies is not limited to selfies. Both types of photographs and videos are now forbidden within the grounds of the holy sites.
Security guards were told to confiscate the images and cameras if necessary.
The Saudi government previously banned tourists from taking pictures and videos at the Grand Mosque of Makkah and Masjid-i-Nabvi in Medina, in 2017. The ban applied to all kinds of video, using any device for any reason. This ban was enforced at Masjid-i-Nabvi following a backlash by Ben Tzion‘s selfie.
Russian-born Israeli Jew Ben Tzion uploaded on Instagram about a visit to Masjid-i-Nabvi. When it went viral, it annoyed some right-wing religious factions. Travel blogger Tzion explained later that he was just a guest there.