Netflix removes Patriot Act episode in Saudi Arabia following government complaint

Netflix has pulled an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj from Saudi Arabia after complaints from the Saudi government, according to a report from Financial Times.

The second episode of the Netflix comedy show criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the government’s reaction to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi government reportedly told Netflix that the episode violated its cybercrime laws and requested its removal. The cited law effectively states that criticizing the government through any kind of digital medium is a criminal act.

Although Netflix has removed the episode from its service in Saudi Arabia, it can still be viewed on the series’ YouTube channel for those living in the country, according...

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