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Faced with mounting criticism over the controversial viral video Kony 2012, now viewed 36 million times on YouTube, the filmmaker behind efforts to arrest Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony took to the airwaves Thursday, mounting a passionate and at times strange defence of the online campaign.

Revealing the film about catching the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group had raised $5-million in just 48 hours, Jason Russell responded to claims the campaign would end in bloodshed by suggesting Kony could be caught without causing deaths because humans “put man on the moon.”

Despite unprecedented publicity for the film, which has won the backing of global celebrities including Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Ryan Gosling, the charity responsible, Invisible Children, has been denounced as “irresponsible” and “immoral” while others have have questioned whether a global manhunt for a war criminal should be mounted using re-tweets, T-shirts, bracelets and posters.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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