Netflix removes Australian spy drama episodes following Philippine complaint over China map

Manila: Netflix has removed two episodes of spy drama Pine Gap from its streaming service in the Philippines, after the Southeast Asian country rejected scenes involving a map used by China to assert its claims to the South China Sea.

The Philippines on Monday, local time, asked Netflix to remove certain episodes of the Australian series in six parts, saying the card depicted on the show was a violation of its sovereignty.

A scene from ABC-Netflix co-production Pine Gap, several episodes of which have been removed from the streaming service in the Philippines.

A scene from ABC-Netflix co-production Pine Gap, several episodes of which have been removed from the streaming service in the Philippines. Credit:Lisa Tomasetti

The second and third episodes of the show were no longer available in the Philippines late Monday, with Netflix announcing on its platform that these episodes had been “removed by government demands.” It was not elaborated.

Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

China claims most of the waters of the South China Sea within the so-called nine-line line, a U-shaped feature used on Chinese maps. Parts of the resource-rich waters are also contested by the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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After a thorough review, the Philippines movie rating board has decided that certain episodes of Pine Gap were “unsuitable for public exhibition,” the State Department (DFA) said in a statement.

Earlier this year, Netflix removed Pine Gap from its services in Vietnam following a similar complaint from the country’s TV authorities.

The Philippine Film Agency, which acted on DFA’s complaint, handed down its decision on 28 September. It was not clear why the decision was only published now.

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