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I am contacting Reuters on this and will post if I get confirmation.
"Reuters has suspended a photographer until investigations are completed into changes made to a photograph showing smoke billowing from buildings following an air strike on Beirut," Reuters' PR head Moira Whittle told Journalism.co.uk on Sunday. "Reuters takes such matters extremely seriously as it is strictly against company editorial policy to alter pictures.
"As soon as the allegation came to light, the photograph, filed on Saturday 5 August, was removed from the file and a replacement, showing the same scene, was sent. The explanation for the removal was the improper use of photo-editing software."
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Originally posted by niteboy82
I find it strange that on Reuters.com I have yet to find anything indicating that there was a picture retracted. Under retractions there is no sign of this picture or any information on it. I am not saying that it isn't true, but I'm not saying yet that it is true. Looking around that site, I see a lot of questionable items, and I also would think they would provide some sort of link to Reuters, which I have yet to find either.
Again, I'm not defending anyone, and I'm not making assumptions, I just find it odd that this isn't easily found on Reuters when all other retractions are.
*Edit - I have gone through every correction from Reuters back to Wednesday, and see nothing on this, yet there are tons of retractions. I am contacting Reuters on this and will post if I get confirmation. Call me a conspiracy theorist (haha) but I find this to be strange that there is no retraction information when there are about 20 other retractions per date.
[edit on 8/6/06 by niteboy82]
" 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.
Originally posted by grover
Great just what we need.
Next thing you know somebody on here will claim its proof that Israel hasn't bombed Beirut.
Originally posted by grover
I have a few personal bets with myself as to who will be the first but I won't mention names.
Originally posted by DJMessiah
Interesting. Would anyone happen to have managed to save the doctored photo? It would be interesting to see what was added.
Originally posted by JIMC5499
I believe that reuters runs two websites. one is a general news site that anyone can access and the other is for subscribers to Reuters news services.