Rights and Responsibilities When Using User-generated Content to Report Crisis Events

Authored by: Glenda Cooper

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138665545
eBook ISBN: 9781315619835
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On 26 December 2004 when the tsunami struck, none of Reuters’ 2,300 journalists or 1,000 stringers were on the beaches. ‘For the first 24 hours’, Tom Glocer, the former head of Reuters pointed out: ‘the best and the only photos and video came from tourists armed with telephones, digital cameras and camcorders. And if you didn’t have those pictures, you weren’t on the story’ (Glocer 2006). By the time the Nepal earthquake happened a decade later, video of the scene was posted within minutes on YouTube. Drone footage, and live streaming by the Periscope app were used by the media and there was even a tie-up between the BBC and the chat app Viber (Reid 2015).

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