Conflict and Power

Brown Moses: Exposing the real story behind arms in Syria

Introducing Eliot Higgins, who, having sifted daily through hundreds of YouTube videos coming out of the Syrian conflict, has become a trusted go-to source on the arms used by all sides in the civil war.

UK-based blogger Eliot Higgins, aka Brown Moses, is one of the protagonists of the second episode of the series From My Point of View. Eliot created his blog as a hobby after his daughter was born in Leicester. A year or so later, having sifted daily through hundreds of YouTube videos coming out of the Syrian conflict, he has become a trusted go-to source on the arms used by all sides in the civil war.

A masterclass in finding the detail among the noise of social media, and much-needed cooperation between professional and citizen journalists. Eliot often posts about the process he uses to analyse and verify the videos he finds. His greatest scoops have been uncovering smuggling routes bringing Croatian arms into Syria, confirmed by a subsequent full-blown New York Times investigation, and the use of cluster munitions.

Brown Moses also tweets his finds @Brown_Moses

First published on September 30, 2015