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August 6, 2006
Reuters Still Owes Us An Explanation

Reuters took a necessary first step in rectifying the insult they gave their customers by publishing the crassly doctored photos supplied by Adnan Hajj. The wire service terminated his employment earlier today:

Reuters, the global news and information agency, told a freelance Lebanese photographer on Sunday it would not use any more of his pictures after he doctored an image of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike on Beirut.

The photograph by Adnan Hajj, which was published on news Web sites on Saturday, showed thick black smoke rising above buildings in the Lebanese capital after an Israeli air raid in the war with the Shi'ite Islamic group Hizbollah, now in its fourth week.

Reuters withdrew the doctored image on Sunday and replaced it with the unaltered photograph after several news blogs said it had been manipulated using Photoshop software to show more smoke. ...

"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.

Hopefully this absurd explanation contributed to the decision by Reuters to terminate Hajj. That insults the intelligence. If he used film, he only had to produce another print. If he used digital photography, then he should have seen dust on his lens immediately after taking the photograph -- and cleaned his lens and re-shot.

This doesn't end here, either, as Rusty and Dan Riehl have discovered. Adnan "Dusty" Hajj appears to have had a lot of problems with clean pictures and dark environments, as it looks like he became quite adept with Photoshop. Be sure to read through their deconstruction of other Hajj images.

Reuters owes us an explanation -- in fact, a couple of them. First, how did the editors at Reuters manage to miss the crude alterations Hajj made to the image in question? Is it because his doctoring helped bolster their own agenda in covering this war? Second and even more importantly, why has Reuters not pulled all Hajj images from their service? If he was willing to doctor his photos with Photoshop, why would anyone trust him not to stage his other efforts at photojournalism for his own political purposes?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 6, 2006 8:04 PM

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