Will the Syrian Hero Boy Make Us Question Everything We See? (and why don’t we do that already?)

A video described as showing Syrian kids attacked by snipers was revealed to be the work of filmmakers and actors in Malta. It’s only the latest example of online video shared with misleading context.

This Week on the Human Rights Channel: Western Sahara, Spain, Ukraine

Advocacy groups use raw footage to spotlight the repression of anti-drilling protests in Western Sahara and violation of migrant rights the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Plus, citizen and activist videos document the continued destruction of Donetsk.

Rami Jarrah’s Remarks at WITNESS’ 2014 Focus For Change Benefit

British-Syrian citizen journalist Rami Jarrah shares his thoughts on the power of witnessing and our responsibility to support activists, who sometimes risk their lives to bring stories of courage to audiences.

The US Supreme Court Agrees: Your iPhone Isn’t Just a Phone

In a win for privacy advocates, the US Supreme Court recently ruled that police must get a warrant before searching the content of cellphones.

Human Rights Video Weekly: Ukrainian activists attacked by pro-Russian mobs, Colombian community shelled, Ethiopian bloggers detained

Police dogs used to attack a man in Papua New Guinea, Ethiopian internet activists arrested, and Saudi Arabian regulation of YouTube videos.

Human Rights Video Weekly: Remembering Father Frans, Ukraine Clashes, Ethnic Violence in Myanmar

Dutch priest Father Frans is murdered in Homs, Syria on Monday, dynamics change in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, and ethnic violence escalates in Myanmar, affecting international aid workers.

Human Rights Video Weekly: Crackdown on Journalists in South Sudan, Activist Arrested in Sri Lanka

As refugees escape from South Sudan and Central African Republic, they crowd into neighboring countries, causing shortages. Since media outlets often cannot reach these conflict zones, we rely on citizen video to see what is happening.

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

One video’s journey across Latin American protest movements underscores the challenge of monitoring activism online.

In Kiev, Abuse of Power Against Protesters, Medics, and Journalists

While videos recent violence were the most dramatic we’ve seen from the Euromaidan protests, they are only the latest to document clashes in Kiev. In late January, several videos emerged exposing excess use of force by authorities.

Human Rights Video Weekly: A Plea for Food Aid in Syria, Violent Protests in Ukraine and Thailand

Videos from the ground lend urgency to the Syrian peace talks. Leaked footage from Ukraine reveals abuse of detained activists, and protests turn violent in Thailand and Cambodia.

Sahrawi Fish Deal Protests Brutally Beaten Down

Despite Moroccan authorities’ attempts to silence political protests by Western Saharan activists, their videos give voice to widespread anger regarding a recent trade deal.

The Human Rights Video Weekly: Citizens Documenting in Cambodia, Vietnam and Palestine

This week, our eyes are on civil movements in Southeast Asia and citizen video from Palestine prompting demand for an investigation.

Front Page News: Why We Can All Benefit from Tools to Verify Video

What if our devices could capture and store more information in our media? What if we could help media makers make their material trustworthy? WITNESS is excited to announce that we are very close to launching a beta version of InformaCam for testing!

The Images of the Syrian War that Were Never Supposed to Be

In the two and a half years Syria has been engulfed in war, numerous voices have tried to compel the world to take notice and take action. But the message that caught the world’s attention came not from any political leader or organization. It came by way of YouTube.