Hasan Minhaj Responds to Netflix
An episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj was pulled from Netflix in Saudi Arabia last week at the government’s request. “Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube,” the comedian said in a Twitter post on Wednesday. He also added, “Let’s not forget that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis is happening in Yemen right now. Please donate: help.rescue.org/donate/yemen.” The episode of the show blasted Saudi Arabia over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the country’s role in the Yemeni civil war. Netflix removed it after the Saudi government made a legal request, alleging the content violated anti-cybercrime rules. Karen Attiah, Khashoggi’s former Editor at WaPo, slammed the move as “quite outrageous.” Amnesty International also weighed in with a statement, “By bowing to the Saudi Arabian authorities’ demands, Netflix is in danger of facilitating the Kingdom’s zero-tolerance policy on freedom of expression and assisting the authorities in denying people’s right to freely access information.” The streaming giant maintains the decision was taken following a “valid legal request” from the Kingdom to remove the episode. It stressed that its position was consistent with how other U.S.-based firms operate. The episode can still be viewed in Saudi Arabia via YouTube. More here.