Netflix in Saudi Arabia – level 2
Netflix is an online service where you can watch TV series, shows and films. ‘Patriot Act’ is a show about serious things, but people present them in a comedic way.
One episode is about Saudi Arabia. In it, the host criticises the Saudi leader, Prince Salman, and says that it is possible the prince was involved in the killing of a journalist. The host also says that Prince Salman is not modernising Saudi Arabia, and he is only modernising the Saudi dictatorship.
Saudi Arabia has laws which ban videos that can have a bad effect on public order or public morals. The Saudi government asked Netflix to remove the episode and Netflix removed it. Breaking the laws can mean up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $800,000.
However, you can still see the full episode outside of Saudi Arabia, and parts of it are available on the ‘Patriot Act’ YouTube channel.
Difficult words: host (the person who leads and talks in a TV show), involved (that he had something to do with the killing), ban (make illegal).
You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.
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