NETFLIX CRITICIZED FOR YANKING PATRIOT ACT EPISODE IN SAUDI ARABIA
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Netflix is facing criticism for pulling an episode from viewing in Saudi Arabia of American comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” that criticized the kingdom’s crown prince. Minhaj used his second episode to lambast the prince over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The Financial Times first reported that Netflix yanked the episode from streaming in Saudi Arabia last week after Saudi officials informed the streaming service that its content violated cyber-crime laws in the kingdom. Rights group Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia’s censorship of Netflix is “further proof of a relentless crackdown on freedom of expression.” Netflix told the FT it strongly supports artistic freedom worldwide and only removed the episode after it received a legal request and to comply with local law.
NICK CANNON GEARS UP FOR “THE MASKED SINGER”
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Cannon calls “The Masked Singer” ″the craziest show on television.” He says it’s a competition show, a mystery show and a variety show, plus it has a great cast of characters. The premise is that famous people sing while dressed in costumes from head to toe, while a panel has to guess who it is. Cannon says he believes in the show so much he’s not only hosting, but he’s one of its producers. Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke are the panelists. “The Masked Singer” premieres tonight on Fox.
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CALIFORNIA INMATE TAKES UNLIKELY PATH TO FREEDOM: PODCASTING
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man who co-hosted a popular podcast while incarcerated at a California prison will keep working on the show after his recent release. Walter “Earlonne” Woods co-hosts and co-produces “Ear Hustle,” a podcast launched in 2017 that documents everyday life in San Quentin State Prison. Its roughly 30 episodes have been downloaded a total of 20 million times by fans all over the world. Woods left the prison at the end of November after California Gov. Jerry Brown commuted his sentence of 31 years to life for attempted armed robbery. Brown cited Woods’ work at “Ear Hustle” and his leadership in helping other inmates during his 21 years behind bars. Woods has since been hired as a full-time producer for the podcast. He says he’ll keep bringing listeners an intimate look at life in prison while also sharing his experiences as a free man.