More YouTube Censorship

Nov 28th, 2007 | By | Category: Internet TV, Streaming Video, Video

YouTubeThe video-sharing Web site YouTube has reportedly suspended the account of an Egyptian anti-torture activist and journalist who posted videos of police brutality.

The activist, Wael Abbas said that close to 100 images he had sent to YouTube were no longer accessible, including clips depicting purported police brutality, voting irregularities and anti-government demonstrations.

“They closed it (the account) and they sent me an e-mail saying that it will be suspended because there were lots of complaints about the content, especially the content of torture,” Abbas told Reuters.

“The goal is not showing the violence, it is showing police brutality. If his goal was just to focus on violence without any goal, that is a problem. But Wael is showing police brutality in Egypt,” said Gamal Eid, head of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information.

“I suspect they are doing it not under pressure from the Egyptian government but rather because it made American viewers squeamish,” said Elijah Zarwan, a prominent blogger and activist in Egypt. “But to shut them down because some people might find the truth disturbing is unconscionable.”

YouTube has recently removed music videos from its Taiwan and Korean sites that were considered by some to be degrading to women.

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