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Reuters withdraws all photos by Lebanese freelance
Reuters ^ | 07 Aug 2006 | Reuters

Posted on 08/07/2006 7:48:55 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia

LONDON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Reuters withdrew all 920 photographs by a freelance Lebanese photographer from its database on Monday after an urgent review of his work showed he had altered two images from the conflict between Israel and the armed group Hizbollah.

Global Picture Editor Tom Szlukovenyi called the measure precautionary but said the fact that two of the images by photographer Adnan Hajj had been manipulated undermined trust in his entire body of work.

"There is no graver breach of Reuters standards for our photographers than the deliberate manipulation of an image," Szlukovenyi said in a statement.

"Reuters has zero tolerance for any doctoring of pictures and constantly reminds its photographers, both staff and freelance, of this strict and unalterable policy."

The news and information agency announced the decision in an advisory note to its photo service subscribers. The note also said Reuters had tightened editing procedures for photographs from the conflict and apologised for the case.

Removing the images from the Reuters database excludes them from future sale.

Reuters ended its relationship with Hajj on Sunday after it found that a photograph he had taken of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike on suburban Beirut had been manipulated using Photoshop software to show more and darker smoke rising from buildings.

An immediate enquiry began into Hajj's other work.

It established on Monday that a photograph of an Israeli F-16 fighter over Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon and dated Aug 2, had also been doctored to increase the number of flares dropped by the plane from one to three.

"Manipulating photographs in this way is entirely unacceptable and contrary to all the principles consistently held by Reuters throughout its long and distinguished history. It undermines not only our reputation but also the good name of all our photographers," Szlukovenyi said.

"This doesn't mean that every one of his 920 photographs in our database was altered. We know that not to be the case from the majority of images we have looked at so far but we need to act swiftly and in a precautionary manner."

The two altered photographs were among 43 that Hajj filed directly to the Reuters Global Pictures Desk since the start of the conflict on July 12 rather than through an editor in Beirut, as was the case with the great majority of his images.

Filing drills have been tightened in Lebanon and only senior staff will now edit pictures from the Middle East on the Global Pictures Desk, with the final check undertaken by the Editor-in-Charge, Reuters said.

Hajj worked for Reuters as a non-staff contributing photographer from 1993 until 2003 and again since April 2005. Most of his work was in sports photography, much of it outside Lebanon.

Hajj was not in Beirut on Monday and was not responding to calls. He told Reuters on Sunday that the image of the Israeli air strike on Beirut had dust marks which he had wanted to remove.

Questions about the accuracy of the photograph arose after it appeared on news Web sites on Saturday.

Several blogs, including a number which accuse the media of distorted coverage of the Middle East conflict, said the photograph had been doctored.


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1 posted on 08/07/2006 7:48:59 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

The Pajama Media strikes again!


2 posted on 08/07/2006 7:51:23 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

LOL. Once again, the Pajama Brigade forces the MSM to admit it's lies! Freedom Forever!


3 posted on 08/07/2006 7:51:49 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: 50sDad

Someone needs to get a quote from Dan Rather.

Sure to be as good as fake-but-accurrate.


4 posted on 08/07/2006 7:52:40 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
"There is no graver breach of Reuters standards for our photographers than the deliberate manipulation of an image," Szlukovenyi said in a statement.

But pictures of staged events are still acceptable.

5 posted on 08/07/2006 7:53:04 AM PDT by dirtboy (Why does Israel take border security seriously but we do not, when Islamists wish us both harm?)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

"his work showed he had altered two images"

2 out of 920 is blatant Reuters BS! They know darn well that he has doctored all of them in some fashion. It maybe as simple as adjusting the light but it's only done to sensationalize the scene and not to show the true scene.


6 posted on 08/07/2006 7:53:10 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: beeler
Several blogs, including a number which accuse the media of distorted coverage of the Middle East conflict, said the photograph had been doctored.

OK - so the pictures have been exposed and handled, now fix the the printed coverage, Reuters...

7 posted on 08/07/2006 7:53:18 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
There is no graver breach of Reuters standards for our photographers than the deliberate manipulation of an image

Yeah, we know about Reuters standards. They finally got hauled on the carpet over ONE guy. Now, to go after the others.

8 posted on 08/07/2006 7:53:48 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Reuters should post all of the pictures on a special website for all to see and investigate. Reuters shouldn't be allowed to self police...they cannot be trusted.


9 posted on 08/07/2006 7:54:17 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Withdrawing the photos sounds like a "clean-up" effort, but I really doubt that is the actual purpose.

I suspect Reuters wants to make it harder to find more of the fakes this guy is responsible for. Find too many fakes and people might start looking at OTHER Reuters stuff as well...


10 posted on 08/07/2006 7:54:44 AM PDT by EternalHope (Boycott everything French forever. Including their vassal nations.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Removing the images from the Reuters database excludes them from future sale.

And, more importantly, future scrutiny.

11 posted on 08/07/2006 7:55:17 AM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
It seems it isn't just this particular Reuters photographer -

Another Reuters picture problem courtesy Drinking from Home

Extreme Makeover - Beirut Edition


Either this woman is the unluckiest multiple home-owner in Beirut, or something isn't quite right.

A Lebanese woman wails after looking at the wreckage of her apartment, in a building, that was demolished by the Israeli attacks in southern Beirut July 22, 2006. REUTERS/Issam Kobeisi





A Lebanese woman reacts at the destruction after she came to inspect her house in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, after Israeli warplanes repeatedly bombed the area overnight.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Same clothes, same scar on her left cheek, same mark under her right eye. Two pictures of the same woman, maybe even taken on the same day. So, what gives?
12 posted on 08/07/2006 7:55:22 AM PDT by Republican Red (Everyone is super stoked on Gore, even if they don't know it)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Hmm, methinks they want to avoid further scrutiny.


13 posted on 08/07/2006 7:55:53 AM PDT by agrace
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

"Reuters has zero tolerance for any doctoring of pictures"
Does that mean Reuters tolerates staged pictures??


14 posted on 08/07/2006 7:56:28 AM PDT by kcmt01
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Does anyone know of or have the other doctored picture?


15 posted on 08/07/2006 7:56:45 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: tobyhill
It maybe as simple as adjusting the light but it's only done to sensationalize the scene and not to show the true scene.

Soon to come talking points:

MSM: "But we've been doing this for ever, even the soldiers raising the flag on Iwo Jima is staged..."

16 posted on 08/07/2006 7:56:49 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

And now Rooters needs to start investigating the commentary that went along with the fake pictures.


17 posted on 08/07/2006 7:56:55 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
the deliberate manipulation of an image

Needs a different qualifier than 'deliberate'. All news media published images are manipulated to some degree.

18 posted on 08/07/2006 7:57:31 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Down the memory hole.


19 posted on 08/07/2006 7:57:35 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Crazier than a rattlesnake at a Thai wedding)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

The damage has already been done. Reuters should have screened this guys work before publication. Most of his photos look staged or "sensationalized."


20 posted on 08/07/2006 7:57:45 AM PDT by Blogger (http://www.propheteuon.com)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
An immediate enquiry began into Hajj's other work.

It established on Monday that a photograph of an Israeli F-16 fighter over Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon and dated Aug 2, had also been doctored to increase the number of flares dropped by the plane from one to three.

This implies that it was Reuters that found the 2nd photo. Not true. You cannot even trust this article from Reuters to tell you the truth.

21 posted on 08/07/2006 7:57:46 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

So...did you guys save before they pulled them? :')


22 posted on 08/07/2006 7:58:43 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: dinasour
Say what you will, it took CBS two weeks to admit Ratherlied.

That these pictures can no longer be used for propaganda is better than having them out there for sale.

23 posted on 08/07/2006 7:58:57 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: frogjerk

Many people at the time thought the Iwo Jima flag-raising was staged, until a short film of the incident surfaced.


24 posted on 08/07/2006 7:59:50 AM PDT by since 1854
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Excellent! Just excellent.


25 posted on 08/07/2006 8:00:04 AM PDT by Peach (Prayers for Israel and all who love her.)
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To: Republican Red

Coming soon to a Reuters article near you: Green Helmet Guy and Scarface Lady to appear TOGETHER in our new video montage..


26 posted on 08/07/2006 8:00:10 AM PDT by kcmt01
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To: CindyDawg

You can still get to them through Yahoo.


27 posted on 08/07/2006 8:00:48 AM PDT by Blogger (http://www.propheteuon.com)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Sounds like the war on Reutorrism is ON!


28 posted on 08/07/2006 8:00:51 AM PDT by gophergas
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
the fact that two of the images by photographer Adnan Hajj had been manipulated undermined trust in his entire body of work.

Not to worry, Adnan. As soon as things cool down, some lib media will give you a job. Look at all the lib plagiarists who have gone on to better things. Doris Kearns Goodwin, for example, still gets face time on TV, and Dan Rather has speaking engagements aplenty.

Just lay low for a while, Adnan.
29 posted on 08/07/2006 8:01:17 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: since 1854

Everyone needs to read Flags of Our Fathers. That tells the whole story. And is a mighty fine book as well.


30 posted on 08/07/2006 8:01:31 AM PDT by cpanter
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To: RightWhale
They all do it not to show the real scene but to sensationalize the scene and that's why I think in this case the Israeli's need to take out the reporters/photographers in order to win this war.
31 posted on 08/07/2006 8:02:53 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: CheneyChick

OK - so the pictures have been exposed and handled, now fix the the printed coverage, Reuters...

&&
You'll be turning purple holding your breath for that one.


32 posted on 08/07/2006 8:02:59 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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Reuters didnt do any investigation on their own. Those two images that were cited were the images they were caught doctoring by Little Green Football blog. Theres more doctored images by the same freelancer, no doubt


33 posted on 08/07/2006 8:03:12 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Replacing "dust marks" with extra flares. Real cute Hajj. Maybe Israel will replace on of your buildings with a daisy cutter.


34 posted on 08/07/2006 8:03:28 AM PDT by rod1
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Another one bites the dust.


35 posted on 08/07/2006 8:05:10 AM PDT by Huck (Tagline processing...please hold.)
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To: Victoria Delsoul

"Check this out" ping.


36 posted on 08/07/2006 8:05:37 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
To Reuters' credit, it is evident that they wish to maintain at least the appearance of diligent accuracy in photographic reproduction.

Now, as to the way their photos are framed, the selective choice of subject matter, and ESPECIALLY what they selectively choose to ignore, well, that's fair game.

37 posted on 08/07/2006 8:05:58 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: tsmith130

The first picture is of fake smoke over Beirut. Maybe someone can post it.


38 posted on 08/07/2006 8:06:34 AM PDT by Atlantian
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To: since 1854; cpanter
The left is so looney even a film wont stop them from spouting their garbage. It's just a prediction of what is coming.

Look at 9/11. People saw for their own eyes what happened and they some still don the tinfoil hats.

39 posted on 08/07/2006 8:06:43 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
The damage has already been done.
40 posted on 08/07/2006 8:07:34 AM PDT by b4its2late (Liberals are as confused as a hungry baby in a topless bar.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Doctoring pictures is one thing but theres no excuse for doing it poorly.

Re. the unlucky woman. Almost every scene shown of the bombing that comes out of Lebanon is somehow staged or set up to melodramatically highten the effect. Arabs love that stuff. Anyone ever watch Egyptian soap operas? They are hilarious.


41 posted on 08/07/2006 8:07:36 AM PDT by Leg Olam ("You only upset yourself with your sins, but you upset other people by your confessions" H. Crosby)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
"Manipulating photographs in this way is entirely unacceptable and contrary to all the principles consistently held by Reuters..."

Huh?
42 posted on 08/07/2006 8:08:31 AM PDT by LIConFem (It is by will alone I set my mind in motion...)
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To: EternalHope

Well there were two other guys from Reuters in Qana taking pictures. Their names are Ali Hashisho and Zohra Bensemra Maybe we should check them out too. You know--birds of a feather...


43 posted on 08/07/2006 8:09:00 AM PDT by Albertafriend
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To: Republican Red

Nice! Thanks, I'll use that elsewhere.


44 posted on 08/07/2006 8:09:05 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: kcmt01
Does that mean Reuters tolerates staged pictures??

Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic versimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.

45 posted on 08/07/2006 8:09:19 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (What is our exit strategy in the war on poverty?)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Great work, CSI FR!

....And yah wonder why this part of the World has conspiracy "issues;" they need to see proof that somebody's dead; or they run scared and back the wrong side because that side appears to be winning and they don't want to die after that side finds out they weren't backing them in the end?

We need to cut the good people of this region a break (i.e. Iraq and Lebanon). They've been living under pretty weird conditions--looking over their shoulders to keep their famiilies safe--for over 30 years, and we expect them to act rationally (under a system of laws) in a heartbeat. NOT gonna happen.

All the while, we need to be kicking butt and showing these good people that WE ARE THE STRONGER AND WE WILL BE THE GROUP LAST STANDING. That's when everything will really begin to change toward/for the better.

NordP

46 posted on 08/07/2006 8:10:27 AM PDT by NordP (The NEW YORK TIMES - All The News Jihadists Can Use! .....(RL 06/28/06))
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Why, so we couldn't look at them and see just how long he's been altering his photos???


47 posted on 08/07/2006 8:10:37 AM PDT by null and void (Bipartisanship: when the Stupid Party & the Evil Party agree on something that is both stupid & evil)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

On the same basis of known falsifications (Walter Duranty, Herbert Matthews, Jayson Blair et al), all New York Times stories for the last 75 years should be withdrawn and burned. All "news" from CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, AP, WaPo, LATimes, TIME, Newsweek and their satellite media should be added to the bonfire (Jack Kelley, Stephen Glass). For good measure, we should consign all Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism (Janet Cooke and Duranty [again]) to the flames.


48 posted on 08/07/2006 8:11:02 AM PDT by T'wit (It is not possible to "go too far" criticizing liberals. No matter what you say, they're worse.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
...withdrew all ...

LOL, too late, they are already out for all the world to see. Once something is online it can NEVER be "withdrawn".

FR, LGF, and bloggers of the world have outted the MSM dirty little secret. WE.ARE.ON.TO.YOU.

49 posted on 08/07/2006 8:11:30 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Nothing witty here… move on.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Breaking: Former Reuters photographer Adnan Hajj has been hired by Cindy Sheehan to cover her '06 "coffin dance" tour. Hajj will bring his own collection of servered limbs and a box of Lebanese rocks./s/
50 posted on 08/07/2006 8:11:50 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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