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Netflix Arabic series causes uproar in Jordan over ‘immoral’ scenes

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‘Jinn’ is a supernatural thriller about teenagers who encounter good and evil genies after a trip of Jordan’s ancient city of Petra, causing some of them to die.

Petra, the ancient archaeological site southern Jordan, includes 26 famous ancient tombs that are known as the Djinn Blocks.

After the series was released this week, many Jordanians took to social media to express their dismay with the series, which showed the protagonists drinking alcohol and kissing.

An Arabic hashtag has been trending on Twitter, as people used it to express their rejection of the series.

One user said it was an “obscene’’ drama that seeks to “distort the conservative Jordanian society.’’

Another user said the series will have a “dangerous effect’’ because it “negatively affects adolescents who are attracted to follow’’ the show.

Jordan’s top prosecutor demanded that the cyber crimes department at the Ministry of Interior take “immediate necessary measures to stop the broadcast’’ of the show because it includes “immoral scenes.’’

The controversy led Jordan`s Media Commission to issue a statement saying it has no control over production of the series.

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