The steamer took out two titles in Singapore over drug use, and in Turkey dropped ‘Named Survivor’ and an episode of the controversial French film ‘Katies’. Singapore has become a thorn in the side of Netflix when it calls for the removal of video content from the streaming service.
According to Netflix’s annual environmental social governance report for 2020, Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority ordered the streamer to remove two programs with drug topics: Cook with Cannabis, in which chefs compete to create marijuana-infused edibles, And the film has a good trip: Adventures in Psychedelics, in which celebrities recalled their experiences using hallucinations.
Singapore has some of the strictest drug laws in the world, and this extends to the monitoring of their contents. In fact, 13 titles have been removed by Netflix due to government demands since it launched, with 7 coming from Singapore, most of which are drug use scenes.
Netflix also revealed that the Turkish government last year sought the removal of two titles: the controversial French film Cuties, and a season 2 episode nominated Survivor of the drama.
The eponymous Survivor episode featured the Turkish President demanding the extradition of the Turkish oppos ition leader. While it was a work of fiction, it drew some similarities in the real-life dispute between the Turkish government and Maulvi Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania and wants in Turkey to claim that he had a role in a failed joint effort.
Netflix also opted to cancel its Turkish original series last year, only when authorities demanded the removal of a gay character from the script. Netflix says it will highlight the headlines that the government demands every year after disclosing the information in last year’s ESG report. The company’s policy is to comply with local laws regarding content.
The bulk of this year’s ESG report focused on the company’s plans to move to a carbon-neutral by the end of 2022. It plans to do this through a combination of efforts by the local crew and electric vehicles as well as through carbon offsets.