The past couple of weeks have seen YouTube (and Twitter) become the primary medium for those around the world watching events unfold in Iran. So it's especially appropriate that in the last couple of hours, YouTube has launched the Reporters' Center, a resource centre that features succinct, practical advice from high-profile, experienced journalists - and WITNESS - on key aspects of their craft. Here, for example, is the
SmartMeme is one of my favorite organizations and one I've admired for their work, integrity and ability to help movements harness the power of storytelling and narrative to advance social change. Despite my familiarity with their work over the past six or so years, I've never had the privilege to attend one of their trainings. Fortunately, I just did...kind of.
Par: Diana Tung, Posté le: Jun 20 09
Every year, June 20th is set aside to highlight the fact that 42 million people have been forced from their homes due to violent conflict and persecution. Nearly two-thirds of this population are considered Internally Displaced within their own countries, with 80% of all refugees living in developing countries. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) considers refugees to be one of the most vulnerable populations on earth, facing severe challenges to fulfilling even basic needs.
Par: wpollock1, Posté le: Jun 19 09
Today is the 64th birthday of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi. This will be her 13th birthday spent as the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
For nearly 20 years, Suu Kyi has served as a leader in the non-violent movement for freedom and democracy for all of Burma and remains a beacon of hope for the Burmese people and admirers the world over. She deserves to be free, and to help lead her country into a new era of peace, security, and human rights.
Par: Grace Lile, Posté le: Jun 17 09
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Lots of great stuff on tap at this week’s Open Video Conference (June 19-20, NYU). My WITNESS colleagues Sam Gregory and Sameer Padania will speak on the panel “Human Rights, Indigenous Media and Ethics in Video: Dilemmas, Challenges and Opportunities:”
UPDATE, 22 June: * News coverage we're tracking: live-blogging from the Huffington Post and Guardian, as well as BBC's special Iran Crisis section. * What we're following on Twitter: #iranelection, #gr88, @IranElection09