Report: Saudi king censors TV host, pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and orders their trial

A government-linked Saudi news website says that King Salman has ordered an investigation and trial against a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of King Abdullah's policies toward the outlawed Islamist group.

Sabq news website, quoting unnamed Information Ministry officials, reported Thursday that the king also banned talk show host Abdullah al-Modifer and his guest Mohsen al-Awaji from appearing in the media. The episode had aired on the privately-owned Saudi television channel Rotana Khalijia, which has reportedly stopped broadcasting the show.

Under Abdullah, who died in January, Saudi Arabia branded the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and supported Egypt in its crackdown against the group.

Al-Awaji called for reconciliation with Islamists and said that people will forget King Abdullah and his reign.