Reuters didn’t mean to crop Israeli soldiers’ blood and the knives of their attackers out of its photographs from the Gaza flotilla incident. It’s just that Reuters have a policy of “cropping at the edges which conveniently removed these things.
Israeli officials, facing criticism for boarding an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza strip, stress that their troops used deadly force in self-defense. News that Reuters had cropped two images of armed “peace” activists, including one with bleeding Israeli soldiers surrounded by armed flotilla crews supports the Israeli position and threatens Reuters with scandal.
Little Green Footballs compared the Reuters photos to the original images published on the IHH website (IHH is the Hamas-linked charity group which organized the flotilla).
Reuters cropped the photos to remove images of “peace” activists holding knives and standing over bleeding Israeli troops.
Ed Barnes at Fox News has Reuters’ statement on the first photo:
“The images in question were made available in Istanbul, and following normal editorial practice were prepared for dissemination which included cropping at the edges,” the news agency said in a statement. “When we realized that a dagger was inadvertently cropped from the images, Reuters immediately moved the original set as well.”
Reuters has not responded to criticism over a second photo, from which they cropped a bleeding Israeli soldier, a knife, and a pool of blood on the ship’s rail.
Barnes also gives the details on the last time Reuters doctored photos of the Israeli response to Middle East threats.
With these latest photos published in their original integrity, Hamas criticism in the Iranian press of the “massacre of the Freedom Flotilla” looks, well, a lot less reliable.