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Redrawing boundaries: WITNESS and the politics of citizen videos

Farrell, Nathan and Allan, Stuart 2015. Redrawing boundaries: WITNESS and the politics of citizen videos. Global Media and Communication 11 (3) , pp. 237-253. 10.1177/1742766515606291

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Abstract

This article engages with several pressing issues revolving around ‘citizen witnessing’, with specific reference to the human rights advocacy group, WITNESS. In the course of tracing WITNESS’ development over the past two decades, it offers an evaluative assessment of the challenges its members have faced in promoting a grassroots, citizen-centred approach to video reportage. More specifically, this advocacy is informed by an ethical commitment to advancing human rights causes by equipping citizens in crisis situations with cameras, and the training to use them, so that they might bear witness to the plight of others. In so doing, this article argues, WITNESS offers a tactical reformulation of the guiding tenets of peace journalism, one with considerable potential for recasting anew its strategic priorities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1742-7673
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2019 14:05
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/77665

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