Human rights group gives advice for Rio journalists

An international campaign group has today published a guide for journalists working at the Olympics on best practice when filming around Rio de Janeiro or interviewing children during their coverage of the Games.

Reporting on childrenTerre des Hommes is part of the Sport and Rights Alliance, a group of non-governmental organisations, sports groups and trade unions who want to influence international sports bodies to take a more ethical approach, ensuring human rights, labour standards, environmental respect, transparency and accountability are at the heart of what they do, especially around major sports events. The Sport and Rights Alliance includes Amnesty International, FIFPro – the World Players’ Union, Human Rights Watch, Supporters Direct Europe and Greenpeace.

Terre des Hommes also works with another group, Keeping Children Safe, and together they have produced a guidance leaflet for journalists working at the Rio Games.

They say, “Just a short distance from the arenas, Rio’s children face the increased risks of abuse and exploitation that so often afflict host cities of mega sporting events.

“All children, whoever they are and where ever they are, have a right to be protected.”

The guide outlines key principles in safeguarding children by maintaining high standards of personal conduct, respecting the rights of the child and managing risk. There’s practical advice on photography and video, interviewing children, legal and ethical issues, reporting safeguarding concerns and more.

You can download a copy of the guide in pdf format by clicking here.


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