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.