“The DJ and the War Crimes”

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Thirty years after a death squad massacred civilians in a small town in Eastern Bosnia, Rolling Stone has partnered with the Starling Lab to help archive and authenticate key records of the violence

VII co-founder Ron Haviv was in Bijeljina on April 2, 1992. One of his photos from that day went viral. But in the decades since, people have questioned and manipulated the image. 

Now, a groundbreaking digital archive provides access to photos, videos, social media posts, and documents relating to the massacre.

This is the result of an 11-month collaboration between Rolling Stone and the Starling Lab. Co-founded by Stanford University and the USC Shoah Foundation, Starling Lab created and implemented the cryptographic framework for the archive and contributed additional digital and in-field research for the investigation.

Photo by Ron Haviv / VII. A member of Arkan's Tigers swings his boot toward the body of a civilian woman, Tifa Šabanović, in Bijeljina on April 2, 1992.

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