Rebecca Wexler/CPJ Guest Blogger

Rebecca Wexler is an independent documentary filmmaker, visiting fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project, and co-founder of the Yale Visual Law Project. She holds a bachelor’s in history of science from Harvard College and a master’s in philosophy in history of science and technology from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Scholar. Wexler recently completed work as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Sri Lanka.

A still from the video showing a Sri Lankan soldier about to execute a prisoner. (AFP/Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka)

Integrity vs. authenticity in video journalism

Back in November 2010, Britain’s Channel 4 broadcast a leaked video that appears to show men in Sri Lankan military uniforms executing bound prisoners, the camera panning across a series of bodies laid out in a ditch. Family and friends identified one of those bodies as that of Tamil Tiger TV newscaster Shoba, also known…

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