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Television and video are important ways for MSF to communicate effectively about our work to a wide audience. We are keen to work with production companies to help facilitate coverage of the situations that our teams are witnessing.
However, MSF’s teams in the field have a priority to provide medical care to their patients.
Although we can sometimes provide assistance with access to projects and logistics, this depends on the security situation, the team’s work-load and the practicalities of filming in certain places.
We are happy to consider each individual filming request on its own merit and to provide suggestions and advice if a filming request is not possible in a particular location.
It is extremely helpful if production companies can provide a pitch document and inform us whether the project has been commissioned.
Most filming requests we receive are from news and current affairs programmes. We have spokespeople who are available for interviews both in the field and in Europe on a wide range of subjects. If it is not possible to film an interview, we can often arrange live telephone interviews.
We will always try to accommodate any requests for interviews regarding the humanitarian perspective of a situation where we are working. However, it should be noted that MSF is a humanitarian organisation and that we do not provide political comment on any situations.
MSF has a large archive of footage and stills photography. It is sometimes possible to use this archive for television and video production, depending on the subject matter.
MSF communications staff can sometimes film in situations where it is not possible for journalists and TV crews to film due to security concerns.
In those circumstances we are keen to supply the footage to news agencies and news programmes to provide coverage of certain issues. If this is something you would be interested in receiving, please contact us.
If you wish to discuss any of the issues outlined above, or any other television or video related matter, please click here to contact Sophie Scott from the MSF UK communications department.