An episode of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s show “Patriot Act” was blocked in Saudi Arabia by Netflix at the request of the Saudi government.
The episode is reportedly critical of the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Netflix has blocked an episode of its show “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” from streaming in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government complained that the episode — which is critical of the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman — violated its cybercrime laws https://t.co/UYYK6xiMYE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 1, 2019
Quite outrageous that @netflix has pulled one of his episodes critical of Saudi Arabia.
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) January 1, 2019
For folks without FT account: Netflix defends cave-in to Saudi demand to spike a @hasanminhaj episode criticizing MBS. Saudis say it broke law against “impinging on … religious values, public morals.” LOL. Think harder, @netflix. @YouTube hasn’t caved: https://t.co/cx2etkkPFA. https://t.co/GxJHSu514y
— Barton Gellman (@bartongellman) January 1, 2019
— Anuj Chopra (@AnujChopra) January 1, 2019
Netflix’s claim to support artistic freedom means nothing if it bows to demands of government officials who believe in no freedom for their citizens – not artistic, not political, not comedic. https://t.co/N24CY18kIK
— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) January 1, 2019
Netflix pulls the plug on @hasanminaj comedy show @patriotact at Saudi request: “The Saudi law has been previously criticised by human rights groups as a tool to suppress free speech…” What did Saudi gov fear? #Freespeechisahumanright
— Richard T. Griffiths (@griffiths) January 2, 2019