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Netflix Pulls the Episode of A Comedy Show in KSA

Netfilx fired an episode of the comic series “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” from its Internet streaming service in Saudi Arabia after state officials complained, Reuters reported Wednesday.
The episode of the TV show in question criticized the country for the assassination of Washington Post reporter Jamal Kashoggi last year at the Kingdom’s consulate in Turkey.
Netflix officials were not immediately available to comment and no statement was posted on its official websites, Facebook or Twitter.
Saudi officials were also not immediately available for comment.
But in a statement to the Financial Times and other media, Netflix confirmed that it had withdrawn the episode in Saudi Arabia last week after the Kingdom’s Information and Communications Technology Commission (UK) requested its withdrawal, as it would have violated the country’s anti-cybercrime law.
“We strongly support artistic freedom and have withdrawn this episode only in Saudi Arabia after receiving a valid legal application – and to comply with local law,” said a Netflix official in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
In the episode, aired for the first time in the United States in October, Minhaj said, This would be a good time to re-evaluate our relations with Saudi Arabia.
He also criticized the kingdom for its involvement in the Yemeni war and called it autocratic.
The New York Times reported that the episode is still available in Saudi Arabia on the YouTube platform.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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