Netflix Inc. (NFLX) removed an episode of a satirical comedy show from its Saudi Arabia service after a complaint from authorities there, according to media reports. The streaming giant pulled an episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" that criticized the kingdom's rulers for the killing of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khasohoggi, the reports said. Netflix said it was told the episode breached the kingdom's anti-cybercrime law, which forbids it from "impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy." Minhaj had commented on how the killing changed Western views of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "It blows my mind that it took the killing of a Washington Post journalist for everyone to go, 'Oh, I guess he's really not a reformer.' Meanwhile, every Muslim person you know was like, 'Yeah, no s---, he's the crown prince of Saudi Arabia,' " Minaj said. Netflix shares were almost 3% lower in premarket trade but have gained 33% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 has fallen 7%.
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January 02, 2019 08:56 ET (13:56 GMT)
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