Sep 6, 2022

Netflix: Saudi Arabia and GCC warn streaming giant over violating 'Islamic values'

By David GrittenBBC News.Gulf states have demanded that Netflix remove all content deemed to violate "Islamic and societal values and principles", Saudi media report. Recent material, including that made for children, contravened regulations, Saudi and Gulf Co-operation Council media watchdogs warned in a statement. Although Sunni Muslim-ruled Saudi Arabia has no laws regarding sexual orientation or gender identity, sexual relations outside marriage, including homosexual sex, are strictly prohibited. In April, cinemas in Saudi Arabia did not screen the film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness after Disney refused a request from Saudi authorities to cut what they called "LGBTQ references". The animated film Lightyear, which featured a same-sex kiss, was reportedly banned in the kingdom and the United Arab Emirates in June.YouTube was meanwhile accused last month by Saudi media watchdogs of permitting "Inappropriate adverts" that violated Islamic values.

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