The decision drew outrage from Karen Attiah, Khashoggi’s former editor at the Post, and Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch. Attiah slammed the move as “quite outrageous,” while Whitson said “Netflix’s claim to support artistic freedom means nothing if it bows to demands of government officials who believe in no freedom for their citizens.”
In the episode, entitled “Saudi Arabia,” Minhaj took aim at Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, who many have hailed as a reformer due to his plan to steer Saudi Arabia away from oil dependency and diversify its economy.
“It blows my mind that it took the killing of a Washington Post journalist for everyone to go, ‘Oh, I guess he’s really not a reformer’,” Minhaj said.
Minhaj, known for his role as senior correspondent for “The Daily Show,” took up his new gig with Netflix last year. “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” is a cultural and political satire that has covered everything from Silicon Valley and freedom of speech to immigration in America and affirmative action.
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