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WITNESS

WITNESS is an international organization that trains human rights defenders and activists to use video in their advocacy campaigns for change.

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Latest posts by WITNESS

3 October 2014

Tips for Citizens Documenting Hong Kong's Protests

Taking video of protests? WITNESS compiles some tips for documenting protests and police violence both safely and ethically.

22 September 2014

Images of Horror: Who Decides What We See Online?

In a "cameras everywhere" world, we must pay close attention to the decisions platforms like YouTube that are often responsible for deciding what we see -- and what we don't.

8 March 2014

Video Exposes Police Abuse in Venezuela (or is it Colombia?)

One video's journey across Latin American digital activist circles underscores the challenges of monitoring and verifying evidence of human rights violations.

6 November 2013

Documenting Violence on Video in Western Sahara

Curated by our partners at WITNESS, a series of videos tell the story of a young separatist protester who activists say was killed by Moroccan forces while calling for the autonomy of Western Sahara.

1 September 2013

Safeguard Your Videos with a New Guide from WITNESS

It is now easier than ever to capture video of public events and build a large archive quickly. But these files easily can be lost or damaged. WITNESS' new guide to archiving human rights video for activists is here to help.

10 June 2013

VIDEO: Turkish Protests Filmed by the People, for the People

As the #OccupyGezi protests have surged, Turkish mainstream media has foundered, failing to cover the anti-government demonstrations for fear of retribution. Citizen journalists have stepped up to fill the role, reporting and filming so that the Turkish people and the world can see what's happening in the country.

29 March 2013

Togo: Victory for Media Freedom, but Clashes Continue

This week, journalists in the West African nation of Togo celebrated the Constitutional Court's decision to throw out a recent law restricting media freedom. But with elections approaching, crackdowns on the press have continued, with some turning violent. This post features a series of citizen videos collected from YouTube and Twitter and curated on WITNESS' Human Rights Channel on YouTube.

12 March 2013

All Eyes on Kenya — and Cameras, too

In the months approaching Kenya's national elections, citizens across the country mobilized to support peace on election day. Among them are 120 human rights activists and citizen journalists who participated in WITNESS video trainings in February. Several participants recently shared their thoughts, outlining their hopes and fears for the election and explaining what motivated them to learn how to film.

26 January 2013

Video Advocacy Races Forward: 2012’s Dangers & 2013’s Solutions

Video is increasingly at the nexus of opportunity and danger for human rights activists. Video helps activists to document, confront, circumvent, and lobby against oppressive authorities—but it also allows those authorities to stalk them. Here's what we think will happen in 2013.

22 August 2012

Tips for Citizen Journalists Using YouTube's New Face Blur Tool

This guest post from WITNESS provides tips on using YouTube's new facial blurring tool.