For each partner or associate, working for Image of Dignity means endorsing the points of the following ethical charter. By doing so, our team promotes the dignity of the individual as a value in his or her work and behaviour.
Currently, our team consists of
Jean Claude Guéry
Bernard van den Eynde
Gilles Ivan Frankignoul
Photographer - editor
The association brings together experienced creative professionals that express themselves and act in the strict respect of the values and principles of dignity, tolerance, freedom and professional rigour.
These values are shared by the association’s members and associates, and enable it to fully meet the trust placed in it by those commissioning work and their partners.
The ethical charter is a formal declaration of these principles and constitutes a shared reference point for the Association that can be consulted by each member at any time.
In addition to the association’s regulations, the charter’s goal is to establish its independence, transparency, workings and communication.
The board of directors, members and outside partners sign the ethical charter and so undertake to respect all its clauses.
The association strictly undertakes to ensure that all the members and partners meet the following qualities:
- Show proof of the highest integrity.
- Act with respect for human dignity.
- Respect the differences of people.
- Be open to the world and cultural diversity.
- Express oneself with creativity and professional excellence.
- Respect discretion and confidentiality.
- Work in the best interests of humanity.
The Association, its members and associates commit themselves to respecting the ethics of journalism by constantly striving to act with respect for human dignity, according to the following rules:
- During work in the field, the person commissioned will take into consideration and respect the usages, religion and beliefs of the people they meet without judging them. At all times, he will respect the dignity of each person.
- The right to the image of people must be respected. A written agreement between the person commissioned and the subject must exist. The aim of the images must be clearly explicit. No payment or promise can be used to incite the acceptance of a photo shoot or the filming of a report. Depending on the person’s wishes, their identity will always be mentioned with their images and/or report.
- The safety of individuals whose images or reports are used must override other considerations when deciding to broadcast material. Particular attention must be given to minors. Anonymity must be an option.
- In no circumstance will an image which degrades a person be broadcast. Similarly, the person commissioned will strive to not create discrimination when shooting reports, to not make people re-live painful situations without exercising caution, avoid any sensationalism, and not stigmatise people through their accounts. Once again, particular attention must be given to minors.
- In the case of work that requires the collaboration of organisations or partners in the field, the person commissioned will respect the action, values and ongoing work of the local players. Where relevant, they will be informed about the specific guidelines of the local players and apply the principles.
- The person commissioned will apply the principles of journalistic ethics: he will check the reliability of his sources, strive to cross-check information and place reports in their context. The broadcasting of reliable information must override the interests of each party.
- Trustee of the image of the Image of Dignity Association and of the bodies that commission the work, the person commissioned will demonstrate irreproachable conduct throughout the mission. He will respect the laws of the country being visited, as well as the overall principles of international law. Through a virtuous attitude, he will strive to leave a positive impression on each person he meets.