Visual Investigations in Conflict Zones
From Ayesha Khan
Inaugural event of the Understanding Violence seminar series.
The project at King's examines violent and peaceful behaviours in conflict contexts, with a focus on trauma. The research project asks, “Why are some people more susceptible to violent behaviour than others?”
Christiaan Triebert is a journalist on the Visual Investigations team at The New York Times.Visual Investigations is a new form of explanatory and accountability journalism being pioneered at The Times. It combines traditional reporting with more advanced digital forensics that may include collecting and analyzing cell phone videos, satellite pictures and other imagery, social media posts and 3-D reconstructions of crime scenes.
Prior to joining The Times in 2019, Mr. Triebert worked as a senior investigator and lead trainer at the investigative group Bellingcat. Training journalists in finding, verifying and analyzing publicly available digital information, he worked in a range of countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. In 2017, he won a European Press Prize Innovation Award for his reconstruction of the attempted military coup in Turkey using leaked WhatsApp messages and social media content.
Mr. Triebert started his journalism career as a freelance (photo)journalist, and reported from Ukraine and Iraq. Over the years, his work primarily focused on international crime and conflict analysis, which were published in a variety of media, including Al Jazeera Media Institute, Daily Beast and Foreign Policy. He has also worked on verifying United States-led coalition airstrikes allegedly causing civilian harm in Iraq and Syria for the monitoring group Airwars.
Born in the Netherlands, Mr. Triebert earned bachelor degrees in international relations as well as philosophy at the University of Groningen and his masters in conflict, security and development at King’s College London.