As UN diplomats relaunch talks between Western Sahara and Morocco, a new WITNESS Media Lab project will curate footage from the disputed territory.
We wrap our blog series on the ethics of using eyewitness footage with a list of recommended resources from a diverse range of disciplines.
One of the greatest risks of using eyewitness videos in reporting is not understanding the full story behind the footage. Is it authentic? Has it been manipulated or misinterpreted? What happened before and after? In many cases, we lack complete information about the video’s content and context. How can we balance competing needs to verify footage and expose potential abuse?
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.
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?
As archives start to collect, provide access to, and present social media collections, many ethical issues arise that need to be addressed.