Today in Refugees Deeply, the editors of Forced Migration Review, Marion Couldrey and Jenny Peebles, discuss why Forced Migration Review has chosen to avoid showing close-up images of people’s faces since 2011. They state: “We think there are cases where individuals would not wish their image to be used in such a way that identifies them forever with a low point in their lives but that is, in all likelihood, temporary. It’s about dignity; it’s also about trying to be sure that showing someone’s image will not – at some time and in some way that could not be foreseen – damage them in some way.” As they say, this involves continually making judgement calls on what they think is OK and what isn’t.
The discussion raises a number of issues around identity, consent, impact, and the need for greater variety in the images presented of refugees and the refugee/migrant ‘crisis’.
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