Watching Western Sahara curates and contextualizes eyewitness videos filmed by citizen journalists in the Morocco-occupied Western Sahara, a territory off-limits to most human rights monitors and international media. This report summarizes our main findings after one year of curating footage. Each April, the UN Security
A look at human rights in Western Sahara through six months of footage from the ground.
When online videos do not contain enough information to corroborate where and when they were recorded and or help viewers understand what they show, online tools and practices can help viewers learn more about what they are watching.
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?
When WITNESS was founded in the early 1990s, we distributed cameras to activists around the world so they could direct their lenses–and international attention–on injustice in their communities. Our objective, like that of many human rights activists and organizations worldwide, was–and still is–to make an
The policies, practices, and technology that allow videos by average citizens to expose abuse and serve as a tool for justice are constantly evolving, and our strategies must keep up.
20 Nov Will the Syrian Hero Boy Make Us Question Everything We See? (and why don’t we do that already?)Uncategorized | WITNESS
The instinct to believe what we see has made video a driving force in news coverage, and a powerful tool for manipulation.
One video’s journey across Latin American protest movements underscores the challenge of monitoring and verifying activism online.