response to the Asian tsunami disaster, issued in
early January TVE Asia Pacific pledged not to exploit
the plight of affected families when documenting and
making media products based on their lives.
In keeping with this, Children
of Tsunami will strike a careful balance between
journalistic interests and the rights of affected persons.
- We will at all times respect the human rights and
communications rights of affected women, men and children.
Their participation in our communications initiative
is based on prior and informed consent, and is on
an entirely voluntary basis.
- We will not go for big numbers: this initiative
will involve only a small number of people. It will
stay focused and personalised on eight families. Because
they are average families experiencing a shared plight,
their stories will reflect the wider reality.
- By end 2005, we will consult with the participating
families, local film-makers and NGO partners to decide
whether and how to continue covering the families
- We will at all times remain responsive to the economic,
cultural, environmental, gender and other factors
and sensitivities in the communities we work with.
There will be no dramatisation, and no manipulation
of what happens and what is documented.