Netflix pulled an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” in Saudi Arabia that was critical of the kingdom and accused it of covering up the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to protect its crown prince.
The episode mocked the kingdom’s changing account of the journalist’s death and accused it of lying to protect its crown prince’s international reputation.
Netflix told the Financial Times that it received a legal complaint from the kingdom, which said the episode violated its anti-cybercrime law.
Khashoggi’s editor at the Washington Post said that it was “outrageous” Netflix pulled the episode.
Netflix removed an episode of a comedy show that was critical of Saudi Arabia and accused the country of covering up the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to protect its crown prince.
The episode of Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” that was removed from Saudi Arabia criticized Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and cast doubt on Saudi Arabia’s efforts to distance itself from the killing of Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.
Minhaj mocked Saudi Arabia’s changing account of Khashoggi’s death in the episode and said that the country’s evolving account of its leaders’ involvement in the killing was designed to protect Crown Prince bin Salman’s international reputation as a “reformer” of the Middle East.
Netflix confirmed that it had pulled the episode to the Financial Times, citing a legal complaint from the kingdom.
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“This is the most unbelievable cover story since Blake Shelton won sexiest man alive. Are you kidding me?” Minhaj, a Muslim-American comedian, said.
“This entire cover-up exists for one reason,” Minhaj said, before the show cut to clips of news reporters citing analysts who suggested that the kingdom’s changing story was designed to protect the crown prince.
Saudi Arabia had initially claimed that Khashoggi had safely left the consulate and said that allegations he was killed were “baseless.” After changing its story several times, it now maintains that the death was a rogue Saudi government operation.
“The Saudis were struggling to explain his disappearance: they said he left the consulate safely, then they used a body double to make it seem like he was alive,” Minhaj said.
“At one point they were saying he died in a fist fight, Jackie Chan-style. They went through so many explanations. The only one they didn’t say was that …read more
Source:: Business Insider