"At a recent meeting with newspaper editors, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who has previously been seen as a modernizer, asked that Saudi papers reverse their recent trend of publishing pictures of women. According to Reuters, newspapers have been including photographs of women, though all women shown were wearing headscarves with their faces visible."
The justification given for this erasure of women from public life is to protect men from being "led astray." The king didn't talk about the real reasons behind such policy: the political pressures from the conservatives within the kingdom to undermine reform efforts. As usual, women are the sacrificial lamb. Now they will return to invisibility and the Saudi youth will only be led astray by the Wahhabis propaganda.