Netflix Reveals Government Requested Removals

Netflix Reveals Government Requested Removals

In a fascinating bit of transparency, Netflix has released an Environmental Social Governance report which reveals the specific film titles or show episode titles that had to be removed from the service in select (or all) countries due to government-mandated takedown demands.

The company reportedly plans to release this information on an annual basis from now on. Netflix says it will only take down content if it receives a written request from the government seeking the censorship.

Up until this point in time, the following works were removed from the service in the following countries:

2020: “The Last Hangover,” a Netflix original special from Brazil’s Porta dos Fundos in which Jesus’s disciples wake up after a Last Supper raging party, removed in Singapore after a written demand from the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

2019: One episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” (“Saudi Arabia”) removed in Saudi Arabia after a written demand from the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission.

2019: “The Last Temptation of Christ,” which is banned in Singapore, removed in the country after written demand from the IMDA.

2018: “Cooking on High,” “The Legend of 420” and “Disjointed” removed in Singapore after demand from the IMDA.

2017: “Full Metal Jacket” removed in Vietnam after a written demand from the Vietnamese Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI).

2017: “Night of the Living Dead,” which is banned in Germany, was removed in the country after a written demand from the German Commission for Youth Protection (KJM).

2015: “The Bridge,” a documentary film about suicide attempts on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge that is classified as “objectionable” in New Zealand, removed from the country after a written demand from the New Zealand Film and Video Labeling Body.

One notable absentee from this list is “The First Temptation of Christ,” the comedy special from Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos which depicts Jesus as a gay man and which a judge recently ordered removed from the streaming service in the country.

Source: Axios