Netflix pulls episode of Hasan Minhaj's comedy show in Saudi Arabia
Netflix has taken down the second episode of ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ after a complaint from Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission, the Financial Times reports.
The streaming giant confirmed that it had removed the episode in Saudi Arabia last week, after the country’s Communications and Information Technology Commission made a request to take it down because it allegedly violated the kingdom’s anti-cyber crime law.
In an official statement, Netflix said:
“We strongly support artistic freedom worldwide and only removed this episode in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal request -- and to comply with local law”.
33-year-old Minhaj has been the senior correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show since 2014 and appeared as the featured speaker at the White House correspondents’ dinner in 2017.