This case study discusses the ethical challenges mentioned above, and sets out the methodology used to build a process for a story of this type, defined by WITNESS for the purposes of this report as a Model 1 investigation the investigation of a single incident.

Investigating the capture of the Sweida hostages required a months-long process of:

  • Identifying local, trusted sources
  • Building search terms
  • Analysing comments on key videos
  • Working to verify videos where there is limited geographic information.

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