Independent reporting on human rights, environmental and conflict issues


The Vigilante Journalist was started in 2007 by Anne Holmes, who remains the senior editor to date. It culls information from various sources: on-the-ground reporting, eye-witness accounts, historical research, and human rights and international law reports. The journal has various contributors, some of whom blog anonymously. Everyone working with the Vigilante Journalist does so on a volunteer basis and donations are encouraged to help support our efforts in maintaining the blog and generating original content.

At the height of the 2008 Kenyan Crisis coverage, The Vigilante Journalist received as many as 90,000 hits per day. Anne Holmes’s on-the-ground reporting was cited by the likes of the Danger Room, Andrew Sullivan, PBS and many others. In the days and weeks following the 2009 Iranian election, The Vigilante Journalist published reports from journalists working anonymously inside Iran, and helped get the video of Neda Agha-Soltan’s death to the mainstream press. Have a look around the site to see the multitude of subjects covered.

In addition to live reporting on pressing topics, The Vigilante Journalist regularly features the work of documentary photographers wishing to bring more attention to under-reported issues. If you would like to send in eye-witness accounts, photos, or articles for consideration, or if you are interested in becoming a regular contributor, please refer to the submission guidelines. Otherwise, the comments section is open for civil, public debate. Please feel free to tell us what’s on your mind.