Propaganda from Reuters

Lebanese photographer Adnan Hajj was covering the war between Israel and Hezbollah and took a photograph of an Israeli air strike on a Beiruit neighborhood. Somehow Adnan felt that the image was not good enough and he embellished it to make more darker smokes arising from it. He also added some extra buildings for more impact. Unfortunately for Adnan, his little trick was discovered by Charles Johnson of the blog  Little Green Footballs and now Reuters has admitted to the crime and has withdrawn all 920 images taken by him.

Another photograph by Adnan Hajj has also been found to be doctored. The photo shows an Israeli F-16 firing three missiles (according to the Reuters caption), which in fact turned out to be an F-16 firing one flare. The two other flares in the image are copies of the first one.
Soon after the draft of the Franco-American draft for a UN Security Council resolution was released, Reuters came out with an alert saying that the Lebanese had rejected the draft. Turns out the article was based on the comment of a single pro-Syrian, Hezbollah ally by the name of Nabih Berri.

All these incidents makes you wonder why Reuters is so bent on fanning this war and where their priorities lie.

2 Responses to Propaganda from Reuters

  1. Sameer August 7, 2006 at 9:40 pm #

    The quality of photoshopping was truly pathetic. What was Adnan Hajj thinking!?!

    By the way, there is a new twist to the story. Check out this article. Concentrate on the part towards the end of the article.

  2. Niraj August 7, 2006 at 10:15 pm #

    This is the reason why, in right-wing circles, Reuters is known as al-Reuters. From the example above, it is living up to its new moniker.

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