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.
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.
On September 14th, 2015 the WITNESS Media Lab hosted a panel on filming police violence at Civic Hall in Manhattan.
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.