Our Alternative Rio Live finds, contextualizes and presents the eyewitness accounts and the livestreams that show the stark alternative realities of human rights violations underlying and occurring at the Summer Olympics 2016 in Rio. Via these media, international audiences who tuned into the Olympics could also understand and directly experience alternative voices and realities. The project also aimed to provide journalists with a ready source of current contextualized eyewitness and livestream content.
We used Timeline below to share eyewitness, social media and live footage tracking a timeline over the past weeks and days of protest suppression, contestation of public spaces, violations of free speech and the ongoing impact of militarization in the favelas and forced evictions as the Olympics continue. You can also visit our Brazil focus page to understand human rights violations taking place in the context of the Games in more detail and via a lens of WITNESS’ ongoing work.
We also tracked and curated livestreams of the alternate reality of the Olympics. We asked you to help us crowdsource livestreams here and we constantly monitored Facebook Live, Twitcast and Periscope.