Saudi Arabia is a desert country with over 32 million people. It is one of the most strict Muslim country in the world. The latest news is that the streaming giant Netflix has removed Saudi Arabia’s access to an episode of a satirical suite after the authority of the country complained. Netflix listened! But should they?…
Saudi Arabia made Netflix listen to their leaders
In the black humor 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 does criticize the leading military interference in Yemen. This is something that Saudi Arabia is against.
The Saudi Arabia authorities complained to Netflix of violations of the country’s laws against cybercrime. Netflix therefore listened to Saudi Arabia and chose to remove access to the episode for all viewers in Saudi Arabia.
Netflix’s Behaviour is very outrageous
Many in the American media such as Washington Post, reacts. Financial Times writes that the Netflix’s behaviour is very outrageous. 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. Netflix action is not good as this shows that Saudi Arabia or any other countries can control what people can watch. Saudi Arabia is already pretty closed country and the country behaviour against critics is really bad. Whatever happened in Turkey. Saudi Arabia shouldn’t be able to tell Netflix what they can show or not.