Gulf Arab governments, according to Saudi Arabia’s regulator of media they have asked that US streaming company Netflix be shut down due to inappropriate content and its impact in relation to “Islamic as well as social norms” in the region.
While it didn’t specify the content but it did say the fact that it was a children’s program. Television channels, which is a state-run station in Saudi Arabia, used animated clips of two girls in a show about the subject.
According to a press release issued in the General Commission for Audiovisual Media in Riyadh the film infringes regulations on media in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait.
Without providing any additional details the company said that “necessary legal actions will be taken” should Netflix plays the film.
Netflix hasn’t responded to a request immediately.
The voice-over plays while a blurry footage of “Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous” with dark music playing in the background plays “Pay for a monthly subscription to Netflix and your child is able to experience this moral nonsense.” The video cited social media platforms calling for the ban of Netflix.
While Saudi Arabia has previously requested the removal of political sensitive data, Gulf governments have claimed that the issue in relation to the service lies with inappropriate content that does not conform to the norms of society. According to the demands of the kingdom, Netflix removed a satirical episode from “Patriot The Act of Hasan Minhaj” in 2019.
Other media companies around the world have not been as tolerant of Gulf Arab regimes’ efforts to block content that is in violation of their social norms. American film studios who previously accepted Arab censors requests for changes to films have recently refusedto comply, resulting in the ban of certain films from Arab countries.