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Outrage after Netflix pulls comedy show criticising Saudi Arabia | The Guardian |

Netflix defended its decision, stressing that it was in response to a "valid legal request" from the kingdom's communications and information technology commission, to which it acceded in order to "comply with local law".

"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," the company told the Financial Times.

It added that the Saudi telecoms regulator cited a cyber-crime law that states that "production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers" is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine not exceeding SR3m ($800,000).

The episode can still be seen in other parts of the world - and in Saudi Arabia on YouTube - yet it is likely to raise pressing new questions about the limits of free online expression and the responsibility of western companies to uphold liberal values.

Karen Attiah, Khashoggi's editor at the Washington Post, said that it was outrageous that Netflix had caved to pressure from Saudi Arabia.

"Hasan Minhaj of Patriot Act has been a strong, honest and (funny) voice challenging Saudi Arabia + Mohammed bin Salman in the wake of #khashoggi's murder," she tweeted. "He brought awareness about Yemen. Quite outrageous that Netflix has pulled one of his episodes critical of Saudi Arabia.

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