When WITNESS says the Right to Record, we are referring to the ability to pick up a camera or cell phone and film the police or military without retaliation. We are also talking about the initiative, commitment, attitude, and courage that it takes to exercise
This guest post was written by Xnet, an activist project working in the areas of digital rights and democracy. Their homepage is accessible in English y español. It is part of their series: Transparency for institutions, privacy for the people – Democratic regeneration vs. asymmetry
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.