• Spain's news in English
 

YouTube pulls plug on bloody bullfights

Published: 21 Mar 2013 16:29 GMT+01:00

YouTube suspended the channel run by Pablo Lopez Riobo because it showed bullfighting scenes containing images of blood.

"You can show videos of bulls with the cape or the bullfighter's stick," a spokesperson for YouTube told Spain's El Mundo's newspaper. 

"But you can't show the bull actually being speared or killed." 

The hugely popular online video service said they were within their rights to pull the plug on the video channel which goes under the moniker @PabloLopezRiobo.

We can "eliminate any contents that don't meet our content requirements without giving prior notice," they said.

The company explained it didn't allow videos showing "negative activities" like animal abuse, the taking of drugs and bomb making.

YouTube also said that they didn't make exemptions for specific countries when it came to content. 

The internet entertainment site stressed that they didn't act as vigilantes when it came to videos, and that users were the people who denounced the videos.

They added that they also took down any bloody anti-bullfighting videos if people asked them to do so. 

But the move by YouTube has sparked outrage among bullfighting fans and professionals the world over. 

The twitter feed of Pablo Lopez Riobois full of messages of support for both the channel and its owner.

Twitter uses @MiguelFalcon1 said he would not use the video site until the channel showing bullfights was reinstated while @josejdiaz_spain said that the YouTube decision was "shameful".

User miguela53733242 tweeted: "And they (YouTube) don't talk about pornography? They are just sucking up to anti-bullfighting lobby!"   

@isiguri said that the internet company was denying liberty of expression.

Many other people, meanwhile, were calling for supporters of the bullfighting channel to sign on an online petition on the change.org website.

On Thursday afternoon, this petition had notched up two thirds of the votes it was seeking in its bid to have the channel @PabloLopezRiobo reactivated.

George Mills (george.mills@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Gain in Spain: majority to be overweight by 2030

Gain in Spain: majority to be overweight by 2030

A new report warns of an obesity crisis in Europe of "enormous proportions", with 80 percent of Spanish men set to be overweight by 2030. READ  

Andy Murray confident ahead of Madrid open
Andy Murray beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in Munich on May 4th. Photo: Christof Stache

Andy Murray confident ahead of Madrid open

Andy Murray arrived in the Spanish capital at the start of the Madrid Masters on Tuesday buoyed by his first clay court title in Munich. READ  

Basque editor praised for press freedom role
Gorka Landáburu, who was the victim of an Eta attack, pictured in his office in 2005. photo: Rafa Rivas / AFP

Basque editor praised for press freedom role

A Basque journalist has been chosen as the only Spaniard to be honoured on a Reporters Without Borders list of 'information heroes' who have been an inspiration to those aspiring to freedom. READ  

Spanish hero of Nazi death camp honoured
Francisco Boix, centre, taking part as a witness at the trial in Dachau, 1946. Photo: Chamberi21/Wikimedia

Spanish hero of Nazi death camp honoured

The horrors of Mauthausen concentration camp, which was liberated 70 years ago today, were brought to the world’s attention in part due to the many photographs smuggled out by Spanish prisoner, Francisco Boix. READ  

Mr Tossa? Councillor competes in Mr Spain
Local councillor Ignasi Sallés is hoping to be the next 'Mr Spain' Photo: Ignasi Sallés/Twitter

Mr Tossa? Councillor competes in Mr Spain

A councillor from the Spanish town of Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava is set to flex his muscles in the annual male beauty contest. READ  

Spain among ten best countries to be a mum

Spain among ten best countries to be a mum

Spain took seventh place worldwide in a ranking of the best places in which to be a mother, released by Save the Children on Tuesday. READ  

Biggest fall in April jobless for two decades
People queuing outside a Spanish job centre. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Biggest fall in April jobless for two decades

Spain registered its steepest decline in the number of jobless people for April in almost two decades, government data showed on Tuesday, as the eurozone country's economic recovery gathered pace. READ  

Great EscAPE: Chimps go on the run in Mallorca
The chimps at Mallorca's Safari Park. Photo: Glem Bowman / Flickr

Great EscAPE: Chimps go on the run in Mallorca

Two chimps made a break for freedom and escaped from their enclosure at Mallorca’s Sa Coma safari park on Monday causing panic among visitors. READ  

Spain blocks export of Picasso painting to UK
Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. Photo: Ralph Gatti/AFP

Spain blocks export of Picasso painting to UK

Spain's courts have ruled that a Spanish banker cannot take his prized Picasso to London because of the painting's great importance within the cultural heritage of Spain. READ  

Only 5 percent of Spain's bank aid recovered
Bankia president Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri (C) during a shareholders meeting in April. Jose Jordan/AFP

Only 5 percent of Spain's bank aid recovered

Spain has recovered only five percent of €51.3 billion ($57.2 billion) of state aid given to the country's banking sector since 2009 to prevent its collapse, the Bank of Spain said on Monday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Top ten: Madrid's best rooftop bars
National
British expats fall victim to NHS clampdown
Travel
Benidorm: Cultural wonder of the world?
National
King Juan Carlos led 'double-life' with lover
Features
Happy book day! Top ten Spanish literary gifts
Features
Ten best UNESCO world heritage sites in Spain
Features
All the fun of the fair: Seville's Feria de Abril
National
Off with her hair! Queen Letizia debuts new do
National
Barcelona bans tourists from famous market
National
Rockers pen 'We don't love Ryanair' ballad
Travel
Location tours start for 'Game of Thrones' fans
National
Top ten things to do in Castellón
First house sold by lottery ticket in Spain
National
Official: Francisco Franco was a dictator
National
Olives and vino at risk from climate change
National
Olé! Madonna orders tour bullfighting suits
National
Jihadists planned attacks in Spain: judge
Politics
Spain's 'Citizens' party fires up voters
Travel
'No pooing': village tells pilgrims in north Spain
National
Spain's newest export to France: Vultures
National
Spain gets first memorial stones to Nazi victims
National
Town in shock at expat double murder
National
Brit family of four dead after Gibraltar stabbing
National
What's on in Spain: April 2015
National
Priest arrested for exorcism on anorexic girl
Can the 'nightmare' of a pilot downing a plane be prevented?
National
Could this be Spain's own Maggie Thatcher?
National
Spain outstrips France and Italy in wine exports
National
What country is Catalonia most like?
International
Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Society
Ten phrases you'll only hear at work in Spain
National
Brooms up! Quidditch casts its spell over Spain
International
Spanish crowned world's happiest language
National
Eight cool things the crisis did for Spain
Travel
Top Ten: Spain's best beaches for 2015
National
Euro property bargains up for grabs in Spain
What's On
Spain's craziest carnivals
National
Spanish town fights 'Fifty Shades' bondage hotel
Property
House sales up for first year since crisis began
What's On
Ten golden rules for snagging a Spanish man
International
Vinnie Jones teaches Spanish in hilarious ad
Gallery
The highs and lows of the Spanish property market
National
The five strangest things about Spaniards
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,327
jobs available
?>