Tuesday October 20, 2020

Citizen journalists leave no hiding place

Cameraphones and social media are changing the way we are being shown the world, but so far they haven't stopped ruthless regimes committing mass murder, writes Tom McGurk.

24th August, 2013
The once-unimaginable power of the mobile phone in the hands of private citizens all across the world has proven yet again the extraordinary change that has come over how we see things and how we get our information.

It's been a remarkable media week, once again revealing the seemingly irresistible power of modern social media. There were the first pictures of a future King of England, Prince George taken in the back garden by his grandfather; the story of mobile phone pictures of a public sex act from a concert at Slane and, from the blood-spattered streets of Cairo and Damascus, amateur video of the dead and the dying commanded a global audience.

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