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Gulf Arab countries threatens legal action against Netflix

Writer: Heidi Hsia

Is access to Netflix akin to opening Pandora's box?
Is access to Netflix akin to opening Pandora's box?

9 Sep – Six Arab countries including Saudi Arabia are demanding for Netflix to remove content that "violates Islamic and societal values and principles".

In a joint statement released on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the countries - Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar stated that the streaming giant is in breach of government regulations by showing said content, though mentioned no specific show.

It added that the move was taken "in light of the recent observation that the platform was broadcasting visual material and content which violates content controls in GCC countries."

However, the countries mentioned about programmes aimed at children, stressing that they will take legal action if the platform fails to adhere to their demands.

Earlier this week, Saudi state channel expressed concern over clips from the Netflix animated show, "Jurassic World: Camp Crutaceous", as it shows a scene of two female characters kissing, saying that the show promotes child homosexuality.

It is noted that Netflix is the most popular streaming service in Saudi Arabia.


Cinema Online, 09 September 2022

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