Netflix drops satire after Saudi Arabian complaint

The power giant Netflix has removed Saudi Arabia’s access to an episode of a satirical suite after the authority of the country complained.

In the satire program “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj”, Minhaj hosted Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He comes with specific criticism directed at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and he criticizes the leading military intervention in Yemen.

The Saudi Arabia authorities complained to Netflix of violations of the country’s laws against cybercrime. The power giant therefore chose to remove access to the episode for viewers in Saudi Arabia.

Karen Attiah, who was Khashoggi’s editor in the Washington Post, reacts and says Netflix’s behavior is very outrageous, writes the Financial Times. The power company defends the removal.

“We support artistic freedom around the world and removed the episode in Saudi Arabia only after we had received a legal request and to comply with local laws,” writes Netflix.

The episode is still available in other countries, and in Saudi Arabia it can be seen on YouTube.

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