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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United Nations has called for the launch of an international investigation into the disappearance and apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
The call for an investigation comes after the Saudi government finally admitted that Khashoggi was in fact killed in a premeditated act of violence after initially claiming that he was killed in a fist fight.
All this is occurring even as the Turkish government has made it clear that they have not yet released the full extent of materials related to Khashoggi’s disappearance and murder, insinuating that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could force the Saudi’s hand if they refuse to cooperate.
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.
Despite the billboards that faced both the Russian and U.S. presidents in Helsinki, it appears Finland may have their own problems with press freedom.
While Russian President Vladimir Putin has a long and sordid history of direct altercations with the Russian press, including alleged assassinations, the president of the United States has also been building up a reputation as an anti-free-press leader.
Three-hundred billboards purchased by Finland’s most popular newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, greeted both presidents as the arrived in Helsinki reading, “Mr. President, welcome to the land of the free press.” However, when Finnish police dragged Sam Husseini, reporter for The Nation magazine, out of the press conference, it became clear that Finland may not be so free for the press, after all.