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  • 1. BEARING WITNESS: CITIZEN JOURNALISM ANDHUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES Authors: Stuart Allen, Prasun Sonwalkar and Cynthia Carter Presentation: Muhammad Sheharyar Rana
  • 2. What is Citizen Journalism?
  • 3. TheAnswer• When ordinarycitizens/people such asourselves, startreporting/highlightinginformative issues faced bythe local masses•When ordinary peoplestart performing the dutiesof a news reporter•When such duties areperformed they becomecitizen journalists•And the process thatinvolves these citizensreporting informative newsstories is known as citizenjournalism.
  • 4. The main theme of the article revolves around howthe concept and principle of citizen journalism haspaved way in everyday life, demonstrating itseffectiveness with regard to 3 situations: 2004 South Asian Tsunami Human Rights abuses in India‟s north east region Palestinian Crisis in Occupied Territories.
  • 5. Palestinian Crisis in the Occupied Territories. Impact of Citizen Journalism. Bloggers creating a platform for ordinary Palestinians to give an account of the atrocities they have to face in everyday life. Electronic Intifada (EI) http://electronicintifad a.net/blog
  • 6. Diaries: Live from Palestine Part of the Citizen  Dream of Returning Journalism section of Home EI  Our Day Will Come Active since 2002 and (Soon) has become a regular feature. Highlights striking updates and stories of Palestinians under military invasion. Citizen journalist reports almost each day.
  • 7. Citizen Journalism in IndiaIndia‟s Widening MediaLandscape.
  • 8. The Internet: Essence of CitizenJournalism in India With the ever increase usage of internet in India, citizen journalism is on the rise. India‟s bloggers have become more active than ever and continue to grow in number talking on a range of issues. Internet is giving average ordinary people a chance to transmit information
  • 9. www.merinews.com Established in 2006 – Activity: Compare and India‟s website Contrast dedicated to citizen journalism. How is merinews.com Over 50,000 citizen journalists. different from a professional news News by normal people, not “journalists” web site such as Headlines Today or Anyone who would like CNN IBN? to become a citizen journalist can submit their contributions on Tweet your findings to merinews.com. #mdia5003
  • 10. Human Rights Violations: reporting online in India. Evolution of online media helps students understand the power of news media (Beers 2006) Some regions and their issues are being neglected by mainstream politically powerful media. Citizen Journalists highlight these issues without bias and fear of mainstream media. „Beers, D (2006), „The public sphere and online, independent journalism‟, Canadian Journal of Education / Revue canadienne de léducation, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 109-130.
  • 11. Irom SharmilaChanu Poet from Manipur who protested against the AFSPA. Manipur part of the seven states that have been in some form of conflict or the other since independence. Irom decides to “fast unto death” as form of protest. Her efforts commented and reported by many citizens in blogs on Manipur websites. Manipuronline.com
  • 12. Two Online Articles of Interest Citizen Journalism  Future of Citizen Sucks Journalism?

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