Netflix removed an episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” after Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission alleged the episode violated anti-cybercrime laws. The episode in question is highly critical of the Saudi regime and takes aim at the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Netflix said it only removed the episode after they received “a valid legal request ‘” and to comply with local law.’ The episode is still available on YouTube in Saudi Arabia
- Should Netflix have fought the request to ban the episode?
- Would Netflix have complied if the Saudis weren’t major tech investors?
- Is Hasan Minhaj an important voice for Muslims?
Comedian Hasan Minhaj attends Build on 25 May 2017 in New York City to talk about his new Netflix special “Hasan Minhaj: home king.”
At the request of the country’s government, Netflix pulled an episode of the “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” in Saudi Arabia.
Following a legal request from the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission, the US streaming service took down the episode, entitled “Saudi Arabia,” as it allegedly violated anti-cybercrime law.
The Financial Times first reported the news and then confirmed it to CNBC.