Sunday, April 24, 2011

Western Media Blackout of Libyan Rebel Atrocities

With the U.S. and NATO forces now actively engaged in supporting Libyan rebels it is little surprise that Western media would do their best to spin the story in a manner that supports the mission of Western forces. Whatever that mission might actually be, with Libyan rebels openly admitting ties to al-Qaeda and committing atrocities worse than anything the Quaddafi government was ever seen to be guilty of. All major U.S. publications are pushing for support of the rebels, and justifying rebel atrocities as being the result of a lack of armament.

Thankfully, we here at the MSMR and our readers do not rely solely on corporate mainstream media news sources for our information. Recently however, we were disturbed to find that even alternative news sources were having their information blocked and deleted. Last week, the Business Insider published an article titled "LIBYAN REBEL WAR CRIMES: The Videos America Doesn't Want You To See." Included in that article was a letter, presumably by a Libyan national, accusing the western media of lieing to Americans. The letter included a long list of YouTube videos showing atrocities committed by the rebels.

Since that article was published, YouTube had removed all but one of the videos linked in the letter/article, and states that the users account has also been removed. Now it is true, that some extremely graphic videos are sometimes deleted by YouTube. This however, is a legitimate news topic that is being systematically scrubbed from YouTube servers. There are many video on YouTube which depict graphic violence, but that are interrupted before play with a disclaimer so that the user does not proceed without warning. So why are these particular videos being systematically deleted?

At this time, we can only find one video that is still functioning. We will see how long this lasts though. Be warned, the video is indeed graphic, with the worst images coming in the last 30 seconds or so of the video.

The MSMR also recommends this article by Blacklisted News:

Libyan War Gets Weird

(((WARNING: Graphic violence)))

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