Documenting protests, human rights abuses, or breaking news can put eyewitnesses at risk. How can reporters, activists, and human rights monitors use eyewitness footage without endangering the people who created them.
Author: Madeleine Bair
Eyewitnesses who film or circulate human rights videos may have a personal, professional, or political motivation. The latest in our series on the ethics of using eyewitness videos explores the reasons and methods of crediting the people behind the footage.
Is there an ethical way to use footage documenting abuse when it is filmed by perpetrators themselves?
The first of our weekly blog series focusing on the ethics of using eyewitness videos in human rights reporting and advocacy.
Deciding if and how to share human rights footage taken by eyewitnesses is rarely simple. A new resource offers guidance on applying ethical principles to this new form of documentation.
A survey of four recent cases in the U.S.–and several around the world–challenge assumptions about the role of video in attaining accountability for abuse, and point to ways filmers, advocates, journalists, and the justice system can use video effectively for change.
Oscar Grant. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Walter Scott. The names of unarmed black men killed by police across the United States have etched their way into the public memory, becoming symbols of unjust policing. As bystander footage documenting those killings and other cases of police
When WITNESS was founded in the early 1990s, we distributed cameras to activists around the world so they could direct their lenses–and international attention–on injustice in their communities. Our objective, like that of many human rights activists and organizations worldwide, was–and still is–to make an
The policies, practices, and technology that allow videos by average citizens to expose abuse and serve as a tool for justice are constantly evolving, and our strategies must keep up.
Videos have helped document the violence and abuse that has characterized a recent series of forced evictions in Cape Town. The raids on informal residential communities are raising serious questions about police conduct and the government’s protection of constitutional rights to housing.