News channels seek agreementon ethical coverage of Gilad's return
Under the proposed terms, reporters and photographers from both stations will keep their distance from the Shalit home in Mitzpeh Hila and avoid taking invasive photographs.
For the past 24 hours the news departments of Channel 2 and Channel 10 television have been trying to come to an agreement over the coverage of Gilad Shalit's release. Under the proposed terms, reporters and photographers from both stations will keep their distance from the Shalit home in Mitzpeh Hila and avoid taking invasive photographs. The state television broadcaster, Channel 1, has already announced it will adhere to the principles outlined in the Nakdi Document, the Israel Broadcasting Authority's code of ethic for news coverage.
Still, one camera will have access to all areas at all times, including the moment the family meets Gilad. Director Tal Goren and producer Tamar Pross have accompanied the family closely for the past five years, and of course for the past few days. Goren and Pross' footage won't necessarily ever be made public. "I film for the family," Goren told Ha'aretz Sunday. "I document the family in order to show Gilad what happened. It's definitely possible that the public will never see this footage."
In the past few days Goren and Pross have been interviewed extensively by various news outlets. In December 2009 their film "Family in Captivity," about the Shalit family, was aired on Channel 10. Still Goren insists, "I'm not a journalist, and my motives are different. Nothing is aired without the family's approval."
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