Did Reuters Crop Flotilla Photos?



By: ELAD BENARI  
Published: June 8th 2010
in News » Israel

An allegedly cropped photo
Pic: YouTube
An allegedly cropped photo
Pic: YouTube

In the last few days, several claims have been made against news agency Reuters, that it cropped some news photos to favor the Muslim activists who were on the Marmara ship that was invaded last week by the Israeli Navy.

 

A clip posted to YouTube (shown below) compares photos of the flotilla raid published by Turkish newspaper Hürriyet with those published by Reuters. Both photos show the activists on the Marmara as they try to take an injured Israeli soldier hostage. One photo shows in the Hürriyet that one of the activists is holding a knife, while in Reuters the same photo shows the activist without the knife. A second photo shows in Hürriyet the bleeding hand of an Israeli soldier and a hand holding a knife; in the same photo in Reuters these are not shown.

 

Israeli website INN reported on the issue of the cropped photos and said that during the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006, Reuters was caught red-handed doctoring pictures. In one picture, said INN, Reuters used a photo program to duplicate a flare shot by the IDF and made it appear as if there were four flares. Reuters went so far as to call the flares “missiles.”

 



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