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Corbis Donates $15,000 to Human Rights Organization WITNESS

(November 19, 2001)
Corbis today presented $15,000 to human rights organization WITNESS, whose mission is to support the documentation of human rights abuses around the world. Leslie Hughes, Corbis President, Markets and Products Group, presented the check to WITNESS.

"We are pleased to make this meaningful donation," said Hughes. "It represents our overall efforts to support human rights organizations that are using photography and technology to share their messages."

The donation was presented at Corbis' New York headquarters and was received on behalf of WITNESS by Sam Gregory, Witness Program Coordinator.

"Corbis' donation will help provide human rights groups worldwide with the video equipment, training and strategic support they need to use video technology as a new tool to fight human rights violations," said Gillian Caldwell, Executive Director of WITNESS. "This is important because it is through these images that WITNESS partners around the world can capture the eyes of the international community, and inspire those who see to act."

WITNESS was co-founded by artist Peter Gabriel and works with over 150 partner groups from 50 countries to use video film to overcome political, economic and physical barriers and to expose human rights abuses to the world via television, grassroots advocacy and Internet broadcasting.

Partner groups reveal human rights violations that go unnoticed and unreported -- to their governments and communities, to international tribunals and UN committees, and to TV viewers worldwide via outlets like the BBC, CNN, ABC, Court TV and Worldlink Satellite Television.

About Corbis

Corbis Corporation--The Place for Pictures Online(TM)--is the definitive destination for photography and fine art in the digital age. With 65 million images--2.1 million on line--it is the leading provider of digital images to the creative professional markets, business and consumer markets. Headquartered in Seattle, with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Dusseldorf, the privately owned company has approximately 1,200 employees worldwide. For more information about Corbis and its products and services, call 1-800-260-0444 or 425/641-4505, fax 425/746-1618, or visit the Web site at


WITNESS advances human rights advocacy through the use of video and communications technology. In partnership with non-governmental organizations and activists, WITNESS strengthens grassroots movements for change by providing video technology and assisting its partners to use video as evidence before courts and the United Nations, as a tool for public education, and as a deterrent to further abuse. WITNESS also gives local groups a global voice by distributing their video to the media and on the Internet, and by helping to educate and activate an international audience around their causes. For more information, visit us at

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