Ron Haviv’s photographs of the April 1992 killings in Bijelina, Bosnia Herzegovina, symbolized that genocidal conflict and should have been a tool in holding the perpetrators accountable.
But 30 years later, many of those who ethnically cleansed the civilian population – combatants who were part of Arkan’s Tigers – still walk free. Indeed, one of them leads a public life in Europe as a club DJ.
In the absence of accountability for the massacre in Bijeljina, Rolling Stone partnered with The Starling Lab to help archive and authenticate key records. Rolling Stone published their investigation in a remarkable piece of immersive storytelling.
In this event, we speak with Ron Haviv and Adam Rose of Starling Lab to discuss how this reportage was made, the role of visuals in the investigation, and the significance of open-source technologies to the verification of war crimes and the pursuit of justice.