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Reuters drops freelance Lebanese photographer over image
Reuters ^ | 06 Aug 2006 | Reuters

Posted on 08/06/2006 2:51:43 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Reuters, the global news and information agency, told a freelance Lebanese photographer on Sunday it would not use any more of his pictures after he doctored an image of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike on Beirut.

The photograph by Adnan Hajj, which was published on news Web sites on Saturday, showed thick black smoke rising above buildings in the Lebanese capital after an Israeli air raid in the war with the Shi'ite Islamic group Hizbollah, now in its fourth week.

Reuters withdrew the doctored image on Sunday and replaced it with the unaltered photograph after several news blogs said it had been manipulated using Photoshop software to show more smoke.

Reuters has strict standards of accuracy that bar the manipulation of images in ways that mislead the viewer.

"The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under," said Moira Whittle, the head of public relations for Reuters.

"This represents a serious breach of Reuters' standards and we shall not be accepting or using pictures taken by him," Whittle said in a statement issued in London.

Hajj worked for Reuters as a non-staff freelance, or contributing photographer, from 1993 until 2003 and again since April 2005.

He was among several photographers from the main international news agencies whose images of a dead child being held up by a rescuer in the village of Qana, south Lebanon, after an Israeli air strike on July 30 have been challenged by blogs critical of the mainstream media's coverage of the Middle East conflict.

Reuters and other news organisations reviewed those images and have all rejected allegations that the photographs were staged.


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1 posted on 08/06/2006 2:51:47 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

High Volume. Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking on the Topic or Keyword Israel.

also Keywords 2006israelwar or WOT [War on Terror]

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2 posted on 08/06/2006 2:53:22 PM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

bttt


3 posted on 08/06/2006 2:53:44 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

"Reuters, the global news and information agency..."

"al Reuters, the global news and information agency of terrorists worldwide, ..."

There; that's more accurate.


4 posted on 08/06/2006 2:53:52 PM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

bump


5 posted on 08/06/2006 2:53:54 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
"This represents a serious breach of Reuters' standards...

SNORT.

6 posted on 08/06/2006 2:54:49 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

"Reuters has strict standards of accuracy that bar the manipulation of images in ways that mislead the viewer."

Uh huh. Now what about text manipulation that misleads the reader, i.e. the restriction against the use of the accurate term "terrorist" when referring to, well, terrorists?


7 posted on 08/06/2006 2:55:03 PM PDT by SpinyNorman (The ACLU empowers terrorists and criminals, weakens America, and degrades our society.)
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To: SJackson

Reuters knew all along


8 posted on 08/06/2006 2:55:22 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Hadean

Ping-a-ding-ding


9 posted on 08/06/2006 2:55:51 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
"This represents a serious breach of Reuters' standards and we shall not be accepting or using pictures taken by him," Whittle said in a statement issued in London.

Reuter standards are much like the 11th Commandment : DON'T GET CAUGHT.

10 posted on 08/06/2006 2:55:58 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Islam is a subsingularity memetic perversion : (http://www.orionsarm.com/topics/perversities.html))
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Hajj worked for Reuters as a non-staff freelance, or contributing photographer, from 1993 until 2003 and again since April 2005.

In related news, Al-Jazeera announced it's newest staff photographer, Hajj.

11 posted on 08/06/2006 2:57:08 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Islam is a subsingularity memetic perversion : (http://www.orionsarm.com/topics/perversities.html))
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To: Diogenesis

They got caught with their fat little jihadi hand in the cookie jar.


12 posted on 08/06/2006 2:57:45 PM PDT by AdvisorB (For a terrorist bodycount in hamistan, let the smoke clear then count the ears and divide by 2.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Al-Reuters contact information:


Simon Walker
Corporate Marketing & Communications Director
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7542 7800
Email: simon.walker@reuters.com

Ed Williams
Global Head of Executive Communication
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7542 6005
Email: ed.williams@reuters.com

Yvonne Diaz
Public Relations Director
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7542 2615
Email: yvonne.diaz@reuters.com

Yasmeen Khan
Head of PR, Research & Asset Management
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7542 0496
Email: yasmeen.khan@reuters.com

Steve Clarke
Head of PR, Enterprise
Tel: +44 (0) 207 542 6865
Email: steve.clarke@reuters.com

Moira Whittle
Head of PR - Media & Editorial
Tel: +44(0) 207 542 3436
moira.whittle@reuters.com

Johnny Weir
Head of PR, Corporate
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7542 5211
Email: johnny.weir@reuters.com

Avene O'Farrell
PR & Corporate Events Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7542 7457
Email: avene.ofarrell@reuters.com


Americas Timezone

Samantha Topping
Director Media Relations, Reuters America
Tel: +646 223 5223
Email: samantha.topping@reuters.com

Morgan Baden
Media Relations, Reuters America
Tel: +646 223 5596
Email: morgan.baden@reuters.com

Asia Timezone

Liam Hwee Tay
Head of Corporate Communications, Asia
Tel: +65 68 703 028
Email: liam.tay@reuters.com


13 posted on 08/06/2006 2:58:50 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
This represents a serious breach of Reuters' standards...

I believe they have a high standard: you can doctor a picture, as long as nobody can tell it. An amateurish job like this, which make people realized that it was doctored, failed their standard, so they let him go.

14 posted on 08/06/2006 2:58:51 PM PDT by paudio (Universal Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Liberals want to have cake and eat it too!)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
This is probably the same tactic that was behind the forged Italian yellowcake memos. Use an obvious forgery to shift the focus away from the other news you want to hide, like the staged Qana photos.

Reuters is standing by the Qana photos by using the reaction to this photo as proof that they are honest.

-PJ

15 posted on 08/06/2006 2:58:56 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
"This represents a serious breach of Reuters' standards

Yep, just add this serious "breach" to the the mountain-high pile of breaches (also known as Mt. Sheet on Reuters PenInsultula).

16 posted on 08/06/2006 3:00:23 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Reuters has strict standards of accuracy that bar the manipulation of images in ways that mislead the viewer.

They manipulate the read enough with their commentary.

17 posted on 08/06/2006 3:01:00 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
that bar the manipulation of images in ways that mislead the viewer.

A Clintonesque admission that they do doctor images. They just don't want to mislead you, they only do it to reinforce the idea that they are already trying to portray with the image.

Since they were trying to show through the image that the terrorists were victims, this image probably technically didn't violate their standards and it shouldn't have been withdrawn.

18 posted on 08/06/2006 3:02:50 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
"The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under," said Moira Whittle, the head of public relations for Reuters.

OMG, this is so rich - I just don't know where to begin!

19 posted on 08/06/2006 3:03:37 PM PDT by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: PAR35

Ah, yes, good old "fake but accurate..."


20 posted on 08/06/2006 3:03:51 PM PDT by kcmt01
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