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Tuesday, October 26 2010

Reuters Photographers and The Trouble With Rubble

Having Gazans pose amid the strip's rubble is one of the favorite past-times of Palestinian photographers. Unfortunately for Reuters, Mohammed Salem slipped up.


Here's the original caption:

A Palestinian woman looks out of her damaged house in Beit Lahiya on the northern Gaza Strip October 25, 2010. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

Now check out the corrected caption.

REFILE - ADDITIONAL CAPTION INFORMATION A Palestinian woman looks out of her house which was damaged in the Israeli offensive last year, in Beit Lahiya on the northern Gaza Strip October 25, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Strictly speaking, a photo of the woman standing in the rubble of a home destroyed during a war nearly two years ago has no news value.

But the image is on the wires because it fits the world view of Palestinian photographers like Salem, the photo editors at Reuters, and the Hamas rulers who offer zero press freedom.

Thumbs up to IsraellyCool for the spot.



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Pity there are no pictures of the rubble created by Hamas when they took possession of Arab homes in Gaza and destroyed them, just to take the land!

Isn't it interesting how all these "innocent mistakes" of journalists and photographers always err on the anti-Israel side and are quite prominent, whereas the corrections and apologies (if any) come later and are much less likely to be noticed by the audience?

Strictly speaking an old picture has value IF IT IS TRYING TO SHOW THAT CHAMAS HAS NOT FIXED THE DAMAGE. This, however, was clearly not reuters intention.

So she had a tire in her house before it was damaged?

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