Vice Deletes Documentary On Saudi Crown Prince
In the past, Vice documented the history of censorship on YouTube. Since the company's near implosion recently, it has become an active participant in making things disappear, as reported by Nikita Mazurov for The Intercept.
The nearly nine-minute film, titled "Inside Saudi Crown Prince's Ruthless Quest for Power," was uploaded to the Vice News YouTube channel on June 19, 2023. I Photo: U.S. Department of State Flickr
In June, six months after announcing a partnership with a Saudi Arabian-owned media company, Vice uploaded but then quickly removed a documentary critical of the Persian Gulf monarchy's dictator, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS.
The nearly nine-minute film, titled "Inside Saudi Crown Prince's Ruthless Quest for Power," was uploaded to the Vice News YouTube channel on June 19, 2023.
It garnered more than three-quarters of a million views before being set to "private" within four days of being posted. It can no longer be seen at its original link on Vice's YouTube channel; visitors see a message that says "video unavailable."
The Guardian first reported that a "film in the Vice World News Investigators series about Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was deleted from the internet after being uploaded."
Vice's description of the video, now also unavailable on YouTube, stated that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed "orchestrates The Ritz Purge, kidnaps Saudi's elites and royal relatives with allegations of torture inside, and his own men linked to the brutal hacking of Journalist Khashoggi – a murder that stunned the world."