Exposing police torture

Journalist Noha Atef created in 2006 to document human rights abuses committed by police against Egyptian citizens, using photos and videos submitted by readers. In some cases, the videos are shot by the police themselves.

After she drew local media attention to her stories, an innocent man who had been jailed for 14 years was released from prison.

The Bell Bajao campaign: Fighting domestic violence

The Bell Bajao campaign was conceived by Mumbai-based NGO Breakthrough, to mobilise men to take a stand against domestic violence.

A series of public service announcements were broadcast on Indian radio, television and print showing men and boys who had witnessed domestic violence and intervened. 'Bell Bajao' translates as 'ring the bell', referring to the idea that anyone can help stop domestic violence by being proactive and drawing attention to it.

Comedy Skits Expose Discrimination and Corruption

Sheno Ya3ni (which translates as “What’s that?” or “So what?”) is a group of actors from the Arab Gulf and the Middle East who created a series of online videos to expose and challenge discrimination and corruption in the Kuwaiti society and the political system. Their first five videos, in which they make fun of politicians in public announcements, coincided with the Kuwaiti parliamentary elections in February 2012, reaching on average 40,000 viewers. The group’s YouTube channel now has over 3 million video views.

Presidential Plane Spotting

Tunisian bloggers collaborated on a mapping project that revealed the presidential plane was being used for extensive personal travel. Their campaign began when a blogger, Astrubal, discovered images of the Tunisian president's plane on websites devoted to tracking air traffic. Using this data, Astrubal combined the plane photos with a visualisation created using Google Earth to show which airports the plane had been seen at and when. The video spread on YouTube, which led to the mainstream media investigating further.

The Targuist Sniper

The Targuist Sniper was an advocate who filmed police officers in Morocco repeatedly demanding bribes from motorists and published them on YouTube where they were heavily viewed. As a result the government not only took action against the police officers, but also used the same technique as the Targuist Sniper and installed video cameras to catch police in the future.


Women'sNet: Digital Storytelling

Digital Stories for Transformation documents stories rarely told, and rarely heard. Organised by Women's Net, an organisation working to advance gender equality and justice in South Africa, these videos allow women to share their personal experiences of surviving violence through digital storytelling. The approach allows people to use animation, photos, music, and live video to tell first-person stories. These are then distributed to human rights advocates, policy-makers, and service and aid workers.


Caught Between the Tiger and the Crocodile

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) used digital video to document abusive conditions and human rights violations reported by sex workers detained in so-called  ‘rehabilitation’ centres in Cambodia.  Sex workers interviewed after their release and escape told personal stories of assault, rape, and denial of access to clean food, water, and medicine.  They posted this video on YouTube and, and presented it at a day of action for 500 sex workers in Phnom Penh.