MidEast Photos FAKE (Reuters withdrew all 920 photographs )
- 08-07-2006, 07:23 PM
MidEast Photos FAKE (Reuters withdrew all 920 photographs )
LONDON (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 images from the conflict between Israel and the armed group Hizbollah.( Most of his photos are being found to be enhanced or staged, his most seen picture is the one where a man holding a dead baby in rubble.. this picture was found to be a fraud as well.)
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.(they had no plans to remove these pictures, or preview them before they were posted and used... sight www.littlegreenfootballs.com found the errors.)
"Reuters has zero tolerance for any doctoring of pictures and constantly reminds its photographers, both staff and freelance, of this strict and unalterable policy." ( same comment as before)
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 apologized 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.(he is now called non-staff. before this he was working directly for al-reuters)
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.( so he added more planes and "missles" to shoot away the dust)
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.
A few photos found to be fake....
- 08-08-2006, 07:07 AM
disgusting. I've seen people killed and I would not hold up a baby's body like that. they are animals.
08-08-2006, 07:59 AM
Reuters is saying it has found two. The flares and the smoke. The others haven't been confirmed yet. Regardless, it's still inexcusable but we shouldn't just automatically say they're all fake. Although they probably are.
08-08-2006, 08:06 AM
08-08-2006, 09:02 AM
A Reuters employee sent an anti-semetic death threat to the guy who writes littlegreenfootballs. Rueters also is the most anti-Israel of all the major news outlets.
08-08-2006, 10:03 AM
well Littlegreenfootballs has found more than 2 photos. The news network has "ended" the issue by taking them all off so they don't have to create more of a impact on to the bias of their network.
Most of the photos run, that were found to be fake, were front page new york time photos....ahhhhh quality... NY times said that it isn't their job to verify pictures and stories given by said news outlets!...
08-08-2006, 10:23 AM
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08-12-2006, 06:54 PM
Nuke them. Just nuke them into the friggin ground. Where are the redeeming qualities of these folks? I see none. So far they are murderous and deceptive. These are not qualities of people you want hanging around.... anywhere.
08-13-2006, 01:48 PM
08-13-2006, 03:22 PM
You don't get it, do you? It is only scientific evidence, national archive, taped confession, open admission, that you should be skeptical about.
Everything that terrorists, guys with tin-foil hats, scumbags, druggists, criminals say, is the unbiased truth!
08-13-2006, 04:09 PM
I remember reading a blog about that guy in the green helmet about a week ago showig him all over the place doing weird stuff. I was pretty convinced the pictures were falsified, but I didn't think he would get busted. This is great. Great posting!
08-13-2006, 04:20 PM
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08-22-2006, 04:08 PM
Wow, who would have thought liberal news networks would develope something anti semetic?
this sounds like CNN's huge fck up when they were taken on a Hexbollah led tour around Lebanon.
oh man what a laugh.
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