The comedy show mocked the Saudi narrative of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
Rabat – Netflix has removed an episode of “Patriot Act” from its service in Saudi Arabia, after the comedy show criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salam (MBS) and his alleged role in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
In an episode of the Netflix show, US comedian Hassan Minhaj criticized the Saudi account of the murder of Khashoggi.
Minhaj said in the episode that “this entire cover-up exists for one reason … just a few months ago Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aka MBS, was hailed as the reformer the Arab world needed, but the revelations about Khashoggi’s killing have shattered that image.”
“And 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**t,'” he added.
Criticizing bin Salman, Minhaj argued that “MBS is not modernizing Saudi Arabia, the only thing he’s modernizing is Saudi dictatorship.”
In response to Netflix’s decision to ban the episode, Minhaj took to his Twitter and said, “Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube.”
Minhaj added, “Let’s not forget that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis is happening in Yemen right now. Please donate: https://help.rescue.org/donate/yemen.”
Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube.
— Hasan Minhaj (@hasanminhaj) January 2, 2019
Saudi Arabia is facing pressure both for the Yemen crisis and the murder of Khashoggi.
Weeks after the murder of Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia authorities admitted the journalist was killed inside the consulate.
In a shifting narrative, the country at one point argued that the journalist was killed in a fistfight. International officials condemn the murder, speculating MBS was directly involved .
In December, the United States Senate unanimously said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. “That is a strong statement. I think it speaks to the values that we hold dear,” said Senator Bob Corker. “I’m glad the Senate is speaking with one voice unanimously toward this end.”