YouTube haalt Greenpeace-video Grand Prix offline

Persbericht - 27 augustus, 2013
De video van onze actie op het hoofdpodium van Spa-Francorchamps haalde op 36 uren 240 000 views, maar werd vandaag van YouTube gehaald.

Greenpeace voerde verleden zondag actie op de Shell Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps. De actie viseerde de Formule 1-sport niet, enkel de plannen van hoofdsponsor Shell, die op de Noordpool wil gaan boren naar olie. Greenpeace wil een verbod op offshore olieboringen in het noordpoolgebied en een beschermd statuut voor het onbewoonde deel rond de Noordpool.

De video van onze actie op het hoofdpodium haalde op 36 uren 240 000 views, maar werd vandaag van YouTube gehaald. Ondertussen is de video opnieuw online te bekijken. Lees ons internationaal persbericht (in het Engels).

> Viral video of F1 Arctic protest removed from YouTube after copyright complaint
> Unofficial footage of Shell’s ‘embarrassing moment’ reaches 240,000 views before removal Reposted video available here.

London, August 27th 2013: A video showing the moment a remote-controlled banner appeared at Sunday’s F1 Shell Belgium Grand Prix has been removed by Youtube, following a complaint from ‘F1 Management’. The footage of the winner’s ceremony - entitled “Shell’s priceless Grand Prix moment” - had attracted nearly a quarter of a million views in just over 36 hours. Greenpeace International posted the video late on Sunday following a protest at the Spa circuit in Belgium, targeting race sponsor Shell’s plan to drill for oil in the melting Arctic. The action saw paragliders fly over the crowds and two large banners placed around the track - in full view of Shell VIPs. The protest culminated in a bizarre moment at the winner’s ceremony when two remote-controlled banners reading “SaveTheArctic.org” popped up during the German national anthem and were hastily removed by officials.

Bernie Ecclestone and Shell might know how to fill a racetrack, but they clearly have no idea how social media works. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen the moment Shell’s Arctic plans were uncovered at the Grand Prix, and removing this video will only encourage thousands more to laugh at the company too,” said Ben Ayliffe, Arctic campaigner at Greenpeace International. “Shell spends millions on slick branding to distract the public from its plans to drill in the melting Arctic. One thing they can’t control is social media, and the heavy-handed attempt to suppress this video shows that what large companies fear most is public scrutiny and ridicule”. The video has been reposted by Greenpeace at https://vimeo.com/73215350, and has been uploaded by a number of other individuals since its removal. Greenpeace is encouraging members of the public to upload the video elsewhere on the internet Shell’s Arctic drilling programme reads like a catalogue of PR mistakes.

The company attempted to drill exploratory wells in the US Arctic in 2012, but cancelled their program after a series of blunders including a rig grounding and a ship fire which even led the US government to claim they “screwed up”. Shell has since signed a joint venture deal with Russian state owned energy company Gazprom to drill offshore in the Russian Arctic, where regulations are weaker and accidents are common.