Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” Censored

Streaming giant Netflix removed an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act from the Saudi network at the request of the regime.

The kingdom requested that the episode in which Minhaj criticizes the Saudi regime and specifically Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of U.S. resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi be taken down from the Saudi network.

Netflix complied with the request, calling it “valid,” and defending the decision by stating that the company was simply complying with “local laws.”

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Khashoggi’s Communication Intercepted by Saudis

A Montreal-based Saudi activist is suing NSO Group for allegedly hacking his and Jamal Khashoggi’s communication via WhatsApp at the behest of the regime.

NSO Group Technologies is an Israeli cyber intelligence firm founded in 2010 and based in Herzliya close to Tel Aviv.

Omar Abdulaziz, a close associate of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and fellow Saudi exile, is suing the Israeli company on the grounds that it intercepted their conversations leading up to Khashoggi’s murder at the direction of the Saudi regime.

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CNN Fires Pro-Palestine Journalist

Marc Lamont Hill expressed his support for the liberation of Palestine during a speech given at the United Nations and was then fired by CNN.

Hill called for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea,” and immediately came under fire by pro-Israeli groups for using language similar to that used by Hamas.

Hill repeatedly emphasized that he supports freedom and self-determination for all peoples, but was still given the boot by his network.

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President Chooses Money Over Justice

Trump issued a written statement yesterday explaining that, despite all the evidence, he has chosen to side with the Saudi regime over Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.

Subtitled, “America First,” the statement was reportedly awash in exclamation points.

The president’s insistence on continuing to support the Saudi regime comes after the CIA confirmed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was almost certainly the decision-maker behind Khashoggi’s assassination.

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CIA Confirms Crown Prince’s Role in Khashoggi Murder

The CIA has joined Turkey in accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The assertion that the Crown Prince — known as MBS — was indeed responsible for the death of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi is in direct contradiction with the Saudi government’s claims.

More than a dozen Saudi officials have been arrested in connection with the murder, a handful are facing the death penalty, and the monarchy has named a senior intelligence official as the leader of the hit-team.

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Judge Sides with CNN, Acosta Over White House

Federal Judge Timothy Kelly granted CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order allowing Jim Acosta to resume his work covering the White House.

While Kelly did not rule on the actual substance of the case — specifically the alleged violation of Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights — it was still a significant win for the network in their case against the administration.

And while the White House has said that it will honor the court order and allow Acosta to resume his work unimpeded, the administration has yet to comment on whether or not it will continue to pursue the case in court.

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President’s Feud With CNN Escalates

The president has said that he has the right to pick and choose which journalists receive press passes in response to a lawsuit filed by CNN.

The lawsuit was filed after the White House rescinded CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass following a contentious press conference in which Acosta upset the president.

The White House Press Corps and other journalism organizations were extremely alarmed following the decision to revoke Acosta’s press pass and nervously anticipated this very outcome: the degradation of the free press and government transparency.

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Administration Continues Suppressing the Media

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta had his White House press pass revoked after upsetting the president at a press conference.

Acosta was attempting to ask the president questions about the midterms, prompting the president to call Acosta a “rude, terrible person.”

CNN has issued a statement in full support of Acosta, but it is unknown at this time whether or not Acosta will regain access to the White House to continue his work.

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Saudis Refuse Extradition

The Saudi government is refusing requests made by Turkey to extradite the individuals suspected of assassinating Jamal Khashoggi.

Because the murder was committed in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has requested that the suspects be extradited to Turkey for trial.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said instead that the 18 suspects will be tried in Saudi Arabia following an investigation conducted by the Saudi government.

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Saudi Gov: Khashoggi Killed in Fist Fight

After weeks of denial, the Saudi government has acknowledged Jamal Khashoggi’s death and claim that he was killed in a fist fight.

Since very few, if any, fist fights end in dismemberment and the smuggling of body parts out of a country, all evidence points to the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directing his inner circle to take the fall for his operation.

The Saudi government has said that 18 of its citizens have been detained in connection with the murder.

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