Offensive photo?

March 14, 2011


This picture is offensive and should be removed. It shows humanity at one of its weakest points. Imagine yourself in this youth’s position, regardless of opinion.

I am appalled that someone chose it as the front cover of the slideshow. We should be ashamed as humans beings, for treating people in this manner.

We can do better.

Again, this image should be removed or at least not be showcased as the main photo.


Thanks, but I respectfully disagree. Like it or not, photojournalism in a war often is not about showing humanity at its best.

This was an extremely powerful shot and it deserved the showcase we gave it, in my opinion: GBU Editor

Rebels hold a young man at gunpoint, who they accuse of being a loyalist to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, between the towns of Brega and Ras Lanuf, March 3, 2011.
REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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“It shows humanity at one of its weakest points. Imagine yourself in this youth’s position, regardless of opinion.”

Right. One of the reasons why I can imagine is because some thinking people took the time to document it, and some others took a risk in reporting it.

Posted by ARJTurgot2 | Report as abusive

If I were in that youth’s position you bet I’d want someone to witness and report what’s going on.

As for humanity – we need to see ourselves at our weakest points, glossing over or covering it up does us no favours.


Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

The saddest part is that it wasn’t followed up with a full expose of the crimes committed by the Libyan Rebels. As a propagandist website supporting the anti-Gadaffi uprising, Rueters seems unable to report the war crimes committed by rebels, treatment of journalists by rebels or the fact that the rebels don’t have popular support. They trawl through hundreds of subjects until they find one, anonymous anti-Gadaffi voice and report it as a factual representation of public sentiment.

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