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Announcing WITNESS’ Ethical Guidelines for Using Eyewitness Footage in Human Rights

Does sharing videos by extremist organizations aid their goals of provoking fear and glamorizing violence, or is it a necessary part of reporting? Should eyewitnesses be asked permission before their videos are broadcast by news media, or would that hinder the reporting process? How can investigators and advocates report on abuse caught on camera without violating the privacy or impacting the security of those seen on video?

Deciding if and how to share human rights footage taken by eyewitnesses is rarely simple. A new resource offers guidance on applying ethical principles to this new form of documentation.

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