Gulf Arab States demand Netflix remove ‘immoral content’

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Gulf Arab nations launched unusual organized campaign Streaming giant Netflixwhich seeks to regulate television content produced outside its jurisdiction, seeks to remove “offensive” material.

Saudi Arabia issued a statement on Tuesday Brock, on behalf of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, said it had asked Netflix to remove shows that violate Islamic values, including content aimed at children.

In its own statement, the United Arab Emirates said: Netflix violated local regulations and “contrary to the social values ​​of the country.” The company’s media his watchdog will monitor Netflix content “from now on” and take action if local laws are ignored.

The statement did not specify which content was causing the offense, but Saudi state news channel Al Ekhbariya on Tuesday said children were “encouragement of sexual deviance,” apparently referring to homosexuality. It ran a segment accusing the streaming service of

“If you pay Netflix a monthly fee, your kids can watch this immoral content,” says the narrator. Same-sex hug Ominous music plays in the background from Jurassic World: Camp Cretasius.quote social media campaign Ask for a ban on Netflix.

Gulf states say their grievances with the streaming service concern content that violates social norms, while Saudi Arabia has also requested the removal of politically sensitive content in the past. Netflix obliged to the kingdom By removing the “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” episode it mocked the kingdom.

Netflix defended its decision at the time as meeting a “legitimate legal request,” adding that it “strongly supports artistic freedom.” According to the Financial TimesNetflix did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Censorship was not uncommon in Arab countries, where television viewing was dominated by state-owned channels. However, the advent of streaming his television has reduced the government’s ability to police content and ushered in an era in which Arabic-language television programs are produced outside of censorship. This era has often caused controversy for breaking social taboos.

according to Joseph FahimEgyptian film critic, said the impact of streaming services in the Middle East was similar to that of satellite television decades ago when viewers turned away from terrestrial channels showing government-approved content. There was more freedom in content,” he told CNN.

Other global media companies have been less receptive to calls to limit content that does not fit social norms in the Gulf Arab countries. American film studios, which used to comply with Arab censors’ requests to cut films, are now refusing to do so, and these films are banned in Arab countries.

Disney has reportedly refused to cut LGBTQ scenes more than once this year, but the company’s streaming service Disney+ told The Hollywood Reporter Its content “conforms to local regulatory requirements.”

Gulf countries Cracking down on LGBTQ-related labeling Recent. Several global brands that publicly supported gay rights during Pride Month in June were targeted by his campaign to boycott on social media. In June, the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned US diplomats It was placed there above the “pro-homosexual” tweets.

The United Arab Emirates, home to a large number of expats, is one of the most liberal Gulf states and was one of the countries that banned Disney’s “Lightyear” in June. The New York Times then reported Amazon has come under pressure to limit items and search results related to LGBTQ people.

Netflix operates in the increasingly crowded streaming services market in the Middle East. Among its rivals are Disney+, which launched regionally in June, as well as regional services such as OSN+, Shahid and Starz Play.

Fahim suggested that competition may also be motivating Netflix’s popularity. It sends the message, “If you want a decent, accepted, and widely shared experience, you have to go to local streamers.” ”

The streaming market in the Middle East is relatively small for something like Netflix, but it’s growing. Digital TV Research found that the number of paying subscribers for streaming services in the region More than double 21.5 million between 2021 and 2027, with Netflix leading the market.

Turkish President Erdogan says Western ‘provocative’ policies against Russia are not right

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he did not believe the West’s “provocative” policy toward Russia was right after the European Union proposed capping Russia’s gas prices, according to Reuters. Stated.

  • Background: President Vladimir Putin has previously threatened to halt all supplies if the EU takes such measures, raising the risk of rations in some of the world’s richest countries this winter Separately, Putin said Wednesday that isolating Russia is “impossible and Moscow will look for business opportunities in the Middle East.”
  • Important reasons: The war in Ukraine has left Turkey incapable of manipulating relations between its NATO ally and its neighbor Russia. Turkey has not imposed sanctions on Russia, but has sold its drones to Ukraine in a bid to end the war.

OPEC agrees to cut production after falling oil prices

OPEC said it would do it on Mondayreduce oil production next month 100,000 barrels per day, the cartel’s first production cut since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, as it prepares for a global economic slowdown to hit demand.

  • Background: Just a month ago, OPEC and allied oil exporters saw the same amount (global agreed to increase production by approximately 0.1% of demand for Lower energy prices and inflation. In August, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, told Bloomberg his news that recent “volatility” in the oil market could force OPEC+ to cut production.
  • Important reasons: With global oil prices down more than 20% since early June, producers are eyeing the risk that sharp economic slowdowns in China, the US and Europe could hurt demand for crude. Analysts have called the oil cuts “symbolic” and one expert said the alliance “sends a signal to the market that OPEC+ is serious about cuts”.

Palestinian man killed, 16 wounded by Israeli forces in Jenin demolition operation

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that a Palestinian man had been killed and 16 wounded in an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin.

  • Background: The Israeli Defense Forces were in Jenin “to destroy the residence of the terrorists who killed three people in a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv on the night of April 7, 2022,” the IDF said in a statement. “The rioters burned tires, threw rocks, threw Molotov cocktails and explosive devices at the troops, who responded with measures to disperse the riots,” the IDF said. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said 16 Palestinians were injured by bullets and shrapnel and all were transferred to a hospital in Jenin. The ministry identified the deceased man as Mohammad Sabaaneh, aged 29.
  • Important reasons: The clashes took place in the same West Bank city where Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in an Israel Defense Forces raid in May. First recognized by the IDF On Monday, there was a “high likelihood” that its troops fired a fatal shot. A senior Israel Defense Forces official said the soldiers thought they were firing at Palestinian militants, although Abu Akleh was wearing a bulletproof vest that read Press.The soldiers were “apologetic”.Israel military prosecutor, who was not named, said criminal charges would not be filed against the soldier.

Residents of Istanbul have expressed outrage on social media amid rumors that one of the city’s historic symbols has been quietly demolished by the government.

The Maiden’s Tower, known as the Pearl of the Bosphorus, has been closed for restoration and covered with a tarp for a year.

The controversy began Video posted on Twitter suggested that the tower had been demolished. In the video, a ship can be seen passing behind the tower through a hole in the tarpaulin, giving the impression that no structure exists at the tower’s location.

Turkey’s Department of Cultural Heritage and Museums said the concrete and cone parts of the building, which were added after the 1940 fire, were removed “according to universal principles of protection” to make it more earthquake-resistant.

Also shared a render Here’s what the tower will look like when the restoration is completed in 2023, more than a year later than originally planned. Once the restoration is complete, the building that until recently housed the restaurant will serve as a museum.

There are many legends about the origin of the tower. The best known is about the Byzantine emperor Constantine. When warned by a fortune teller that her daughter would die from a snakebite, he had a tower built on the Bosporus and locked her there for protection. Legend has it that a snake hidden in one of her baskets of fruit the emperor sent to her daughter ultimately claimed her daughter’s life.

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of what became known as the Munich Massacre, when Palestinian extremists from the Black September Group took members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Eight armed men broke into the Olympic Village in a West German city and took members of the Israeli team hostage in their apartments. In the first moments of the attack, the coach and athlete died. Nine people were taken hostage.

The group conditioned the release of more than 200 prisoners held in prisons in Israel and West Germany. The Israeli prime minister at the time rejected this. A rescue attempt by West German police failed and the Israeli hostages were all killed by militants. Five of his militants were also killed by the police. Three people were subsequently arrested.

The next day, Israel launched airstrikes on Palestine Liberation Organization bases in Syria and Lebanon in retaliation. Israel is said to have killed as many as 200 people in the operation, including many militants, including innocent civilians and children.

The following month, Palestinian militants hijacked a German plane and demanded the release of the three surviving terrorists. Germany complied and they were released.

A subsequent game held in Montreal, Canada in 1976 increased security spending by a factor of 50. Israel launched Operation Wrath of God to assassinate those involved in the Munich Massacre. The operation lasted about 20 years and is said to have killed two of his three surviving terrorists. It was the subject of the 2005 Oscar-nominated film directed by Steven Spielberg.

This week the president Germany officially apologizes For failing to keep Israeli hostages safe. Last month, the Israeli player’s family agreed with Germany on increased compensation and accountability for the attack.

Mohammed Abdelbari


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