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Video as Evidence: Ethical Guidelines

The “Ethical Guidelines: Using Eyewitness Videos in Human Rights Reporting and Advocacy” section of the Video as Evidence Field Guide presents ethical considerations for journalists, activists, archivists and others who utilize eyewitness footage in investigations, reports and human rights documentation. Visit the WITNESS Media Lab for more information about curating and verifying eyewitness videos.

The Video as Evidence Field Guide provides basic and advance practices activists can use to strengthen the chances that their footage can serve as evidence. It is drawn from conversations with attorneys, investigators, analysts, legal scholars, funders and our peers working on-the-ground where the violations happen, and will aim to improve the reliability and effectiveness of video shot as human rights documentation. Find the standalone sections of the Guide and other materials related to using video as evidence here.

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