Gulf states demand Netflix pull content material deemed offensive By Reuters

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states have demanded that U.S. streaming large Netflix (NASDAQ:) take away content material deemed offensive to “Islamic and societal values” within the area, Saudi Arabia’s media regulator stated on Tuesday.

It didn’t specify the content material, however talked about that it included content material geared toward youngsters. Saudi state-run Al Ekhbariya TV, in a programme discussing the difficulty, confirmed blurred out animation clips that appeared to point out two ladies embracing.

The Riyadh-based Normal Fee for Audiovisual Media assertion stated the content material violated media laws within the Gulf Cooperation Council, which teams Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

If Netflix continued to broadcast the content material then “mandatory authorized measures will likely be taken”, it stated, with out elaborating.

Netflix didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark.

The UAE issued a equally worded assertion relating to Netflix content material on Tuesday, saying it will observe up on what the platform broadcasts in coming days and “assess its dedication to broadcasting controls” within the nation.

Identical-sex relationships are criminalised in lots of Muslim-majority nations and movies that includes such relationships have up to now been banned by regulators in these nations, whereas others with profanity or illicit drug use are typically censored.

The UAE and different Muslim states earlier this 12 months banned Walt Disney-Pixar’s animated function movie “Lightyear” from screening in cinemas as a result of it options characters in a same-sex relationship.

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