John Oliver show criticizing Modi blocked by Disney in India
Added 02-25-20 11:57:01am EST - “HBO's "Last Week Tonight" was blocked from appearing this week in India by a local streaming provider? run by Disney after Oliver criticized Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the episode.” - Thehill.com
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HBO's "Last Week Tonight" was blocked from appearing this week in India by a local streaming provider run by Disney after Oliver criticized Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the episode.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Indian users of Hotstar, Disney's streaming platform for the country, were unable to find the latest episode of "Last Week Tonight" as it aired on HBO in the U.S. and other countries Sunday evening.
A request for comment to Hotstar representatives from Bloomberg was not returned, but Indian government officials contended that no pressure had been put on the company to not air the episode.
In the episode, Oliver addressed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE's two-day visit to the country this week as well as criticism of Modi's government, telling viewers that "[t]he only glimmer of hope here" in Trump's visit was "that for perhaps the first time in Modi’s whole career, his actions are creating a massive and sustained backlash.”
News of the episode being pulled from the air in India comes after an episode of Hasan Minhaj's "Patriot Act" was pulled from Netflix streaming services in Saudi Arabia due to Minhaj's criticism of Mohamed bin Salman, the country's crown prince.
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