YouTube launched a new channel last week dedicated to showcasing videos by activists and citizen journalists aimed at spotlighting human-rights abuses around the world, says The New York Times.
Global nonprofit group Witness, which works with activists to document abuses of power on video, will oversee the new Human Rights Channel. The project aims to maximize exposure of clips that might otherwise go unseen and will provide written background information to give viewers context for the spotlighted conflicts.
Olivia Ma, YouTube’s news manager, said “nonprofits and activism” is one of the fastest-growing categories on the video site. About 100,000 videos were uploaded during last year’s protests in Egypt, and the current conflict in Syria has prompted activists to upload tens of thousands of videos documenting demonstrations and violent government responses.