Reader reaction to Reuters news
Shame on you for editing (cropping) photos depicting wounded Israeli soldiers in a way that hides the cold weapons (knives and metal clubs) in the hands of the “peaceful” voyagers.
Unfortunately, Reuters looses its stature as an unbiased media outlet time and time again.
I would think the knife a “peace activist” was holding over a wounded Israeli soldier would be part of the news context. But that would involve impartial journalism, and Reuters’ own anti-Israel activism would take a hit. Don’t worry, I’ll take care of alerting appropriate media watchdogs; we’ve seen Reuters photography in action before.
You cropped those pictures to deliberately omit weapons shown in the hands of the Turkish ships’ passengers including knives and broken bottles, and also cropped out a pool of blood from a wounded Israeli soldier and also entirely cropped out another wounded Israeli soldier covered in blood.
Shame on you. You need to come clean and admit what you did and issue a correction.
Your cropping of these photos demonstrates that Reuters is not an objective news agency.
Cropped photos from the IHH ship used by your news service are being shown all over the web. This is clearly a case where cropping changed the message of the photo. I would like an explanation, and would like your service to put constraints on when cropping is allowed.
A number of readers contacted us about this. At the top and bottom you can see our initial cropped versions on the left, and the full frame versions on the right.
The images in question were made available in Istanbul, and following normal editorial practice were prepared for dissemination which included cropping at the edges. When we realized that a dagger was inadvertently cropped from the images, Reuters immediately moved the original set, as well.
We also used one of the uncropped photos on our reuters.com home page, and linked to a slideshow which used both full-frame knife shots: GBU Editor