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Netflix's First Arabic Original Causes Controversy in Jordan

Netflix's First Arabic Original Causes Controversy in Jordan

Saturday, 15 June, 2019 - 07:30
Netflix's first Arabic original series, Jinn, sparks uproar in Jordan where it is set. (Reuters)
Amman - Asharq Al-Awsat
Netflix's first Arabic original series, the supernatural teen drama "Jinn," has debuted worldwide with much fanfare, but sparked uproar in Jordan where it is set.

State-run media reported that the thriller's release prompted condemnation from several government officials who vowed to censor it for alleged "lewd scenes" that purportedly violate public morals.

The show was shot in the city of Petra.

Local authorities said that scenes from the show “violate our Arab and Islamic values.”

Jordan's army website says the cyber-crimes unit is attempting to pull it from Jordanian Netflix.

But it was unclear whether the government would make good on the threats.

The controversy over the show has stirred debate on social media between opponents and advocates of the ban.

In a statement Friday, the streaming service said the show deals with "universal themes" that "can be viewed as provocative."

A spokesman said content removals are rare but that Netflix complies with official requests.

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