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YouTube Terminates PINAC Account for “Violent” Police Videos, the Latest Shutdown on Independent Media

by Andrew Meyer, Photography Is Not A Crime:

On October 27, YouTube terminated the main channel of Photography is Not a Crime, claiming the channel posts too many videos that are “violent or graphic content that appears to be posted in a shocking, sensational, or disrespectful manner.”

Because of that, PINAC lost hundreds of videos it had posted on the channel.

The videos found on the PINAC YouTube channel are typically also aired by national and local television news stations now that police violence has become national news.

However, PINAC’s account was suspended in August for airing footage of the Virginia reporters getting shot to death, which many news stations chose not to run.

“We did so because we wanted to give readers the choice to view the full video if they wanted rather than make the decision for them,” said PINAC Founder and Publisher Carlos Miller. “While many news stations chose not to run that video, Washington Post media analyst Erik Wemple was quoted in an interview that not running the video in its entirety is ‘coddling’ the readership – which was our viewpoint all along.”

Wemple stated the following in that interview:

“If you really want to understand enormity and the horror of what happened, I’m afraid airing the video is one way to get that across,” he says.

“I don’t see the point in not telling the full story,” Wemple adds.

News outlets are not showing the images and posting the videos because, as the The New York Times put it, “we didn’t want to force people to see it,” he says.

“I think that’s coddling the audience a little much,” Wemple says.

YouTube then suspended the account against in September after PINAC aired a video of Delaware police shooting and killing a man in a wheelchair.

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