The latest episode of iWitness, a new web series from FRONTLINE/World, spotlights a journalist working to expose human rights abuses in Zimbabwe—where practicing journalism “has become a crime punishable by death.” The woman, who is not named and does not appear on camera to protect her identity, talks to series curator Joe Rubin by phone about some of the most striking experiences she has had reporting in Zimbabwe during Mugabe’s fight to maintain power—a dangerous time for anyone who publicly criticizes him and his party.
iWitness launched in June 2008 on FRONTLINE/World’s website:
The idea for iWitness grew out of a sense that we wanted to expand our network of voices from around the world and to respond more quickly to events, especially dramatic situations.
Reaching people in countries such as Iran or Burma via web cam provides an immediate and powerful storytelling tool. We’ll be checking in mid story with our regular reporters, but we will also be connecting directly with activists and artists, doctors and teachers, even avatars reporting from virtual communities, such as Second Life.
>> Visit the FRONTLINE/World iWitness site to watch videos and learn more.