YouTube has terminated the invaluable MEMRITV channel for what it calls “repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement.” And from the looks of things, at the time of this post, MEMRI may not even be aware of it.
Which means some very important video footage with translations from Arabic may not be spread as far and wide as they deserve to be. And on a more micro level, a whole bunch of videos we have posted about – like our Jew-hating Jordanian buddy here – no longer work.
From what I understand, MEMRI can appeal the decision. The question of copyright infringement may come down to “fair use”, which I believe to be the case. As for any other so-called “violations” of YouTube’s Community Guidelines, I can only imagine they were flagged as being “hate speech” by enemies of freedom, simply for shining a light on the real hate speech out there. Which includes YouTube Channels of terrorist and hate organizations, which are allowed to continue unabated.
What can we do? For a start, we can donate to MEMRI, who are currently soliciting for donations as part of their end-of-year campaign. We can also spread the word about this latest development, in the hope of putting pressure on YouTube to reinstate the channel.