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Did Reuters Crop a Photo to Remove a Peace Activist's Weapon?

Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 9:05:59 am

A Turkish newpaper has released photos taken by the “peace activists” aboard the Mavi Marmara, showing them attempting to take injured Israeli soldiers hostage.

Here’s one of the pictures; notice the knife held by a “peace activist” in the lower right corner.

And here’s the same photo as released by Reuters earlier today.

That’s a very interesting way to crop the photo. Most people would consider that knife an important part of the context. There was a huge controversy over whether the activists were armed. Cropping out a knife, in a picture showing a soldier who’s apparently been stabbed, seems like a very odd editorial decision.

Unless someone was trying to hide it.

And this would not be the first time that Reuters has been caught altering photos for propaganda purposes.

(Hat tip: KT.)

UPDATE at 6/6/10 10:30:02 am:

The Associated Press published the picture too — without cropping it: The Associated Press: Turkish group releases photos of Israeli soldiers.