A number of Gulf Arab nations have requested Netflix take away a few of its “offensive content material” from the streaming service citing a violation of its “values.”
In a joint assertion issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Committee of Digital Media, the six-country council mentioned some reveals and films on the platform “violated Islamic and societal values and ideas.”
The council’s committee additionally requested the streaming service take away content material “directed at youngsters and to make sure adherence to the legal guidelines.”
“Within the occasion that the violating content material continues to be obtainable, the required authorized measures shall be taken,” it additionally mentioned. The assertion didn’t elaborate additional.
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The nations that signed the assertion included Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.
Saudi Arabia’s personal Common Fee For Audiovisual Media (GCAM) demanded the content material be eliminated or it will threaten authorized motion, the Saudi Gazette reported.
Saudi tv outlet Al Ekhbariya TV mentioned the battle with Netflix comes because the platform has extra overtly displayed homosexual and lesbian content material.
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The outlet accused Netflix of being “cinematic cowl for immoral messages that threaten the wholesome upbringing of kids,” BBC reported.
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Al Ekhbariya additionally mentioned the platform promoted “homosexuality by focusing excessively on homosexuals.”
Throughout information protection, the Saudi tv outlet aired a scene from an animated Jurassic Park present marketed for kids that contains a kissing scene between two of the feminine characters.
The decision to take away content material comes after a number of nations in the identical area pushed again on Disney for a scene that includes lesbians within the new “Lightyear” movie. Disney responded to the controversy by saying the discharge of its content material would mirror native values.
All “content material obtainable ought to align with native regulatory necessities,” the corporate mentioned.
Netflix has but to deal with the request. It has, nevertheless, beforehand complied with such requests.
In 2019, the streaming service eliminated an episode in Saudi Arabia because it featured a comic criticizing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Netflix mentioned the choice was authorized and never as a result of its content material.
The Related Press contributed to this report.