Citizens and professional reporters have been thrown in jail while documenting protests and the police response, raising the question once again: Who IS a reporter anyways?
Today, more people than ever have the ability to record otherwise hidden abuses, and upload them for the world to see. But with so much user-generated content, it is hard to find these critical videos, and even harder to determine what they depict, and if they are authentic.
The mission of the Human Rights Channel is to find and verify citizen videos of human rights abuse, and make sure they are seen by those who can make a difference. The Human Rights Channel also works to empower media activists behind the cameras by distributing language-appropriate resources to help them film safely and effectively. Launched on May 24, 2012, the HRC is a project of WITNESS, powered by Storyful, and hosted on YouTube.