Hey! No worries; I’m glad you asked. Sorry about replying this late. I haven’t been on Tumblr due to work lately. Chocotaur, the user who’s been my source for Venezuela updates, has mentioned somewhere (if I find the link again, I’ll let you know) that links to Youtube videos are okay, or at least, safer than linking to actual blogs. That may have changed, though, so let me get back to you once I’ve asked chocotaur again, okay? Thanks again for the ask!
It’s important to not link to the blogs of people who post videos because, quite simply, it lets the government and chavistas browse through people’s lives, acquaintances, tastes (and probably use all of those against them.)
When videos are uploaded to youtube and removed, odds are that they were removed because the government pressured or intimidated people into taking them off — but the government can’t blame people for others downloading or keeping copies of them - and there are other venezuelans downloading the videos and making backups of them, so there’s that.
The problem here is evidence, I think. For one thing, the people on the videos are already in trouble - if we watched them, the government has probably watched them too, already, and has IDed everyone in them as it is. Most of the people in them are already in as much trouble as they’re going to get - under arrest or unlawful detainment, or worse.
Videos need to be safe as the most blatant, clear, indisputable form of evidence we got of the systematic human right violations of the regime - damning evidence that could make the difference between criminals getting away free or having their actions recorded for posterity. On that note I think that there should be more than one backup - several, even. Unfortunately nobody else has offered yet.
I am open to other arguments on this regard, but this is generally my position.