I had used their channel that I was subscribed to as my source for my article about the context where I took Shaykh Mohammad Anwar Sahib up on the challenge made in a FIANZ press release to view the videos in full that were the source of the clips in our video.
If you try to view the video in my post now it comes up as private which suggests that the videos have not been removed but are no longer available for public viewing.
Shutting down the entire channel seems an extreme response to public scrutiny. I had expected that they might decide to remove the individual offending videos from their channel but their channel contains many other videos that do not involve Shaykh Mohammad Anwar Sahib. Now that all their videos are private the public no longer has the opportunity to view the ” context ” of what Shaykh Mohammad Anwar Sahib said or to view their other videos that do not have him in them.
From a public relations point of view, I would have removed the offending videos and said why I was removing them. Removing everything from the public view sends a message that you have something to hide.
It also prevents a writer like myself from completing part two of my context series. I had intended to analyse all the videos one by one that our clips were taken from.Without access to the videos, the series can no longer go ahead.Perhaps preventing further scrutiny of their videos was part of the decision-making process.