Remember Reuters’ cropped knives? An update

Pix above: ‘The Reuters crops were deemed sufficiently serious to prompt a complaint from Israel’s Minister for Public Diplomacy Yuli Edelstein, who demanded an explanation from Tom Glocer, CEO of Thomson Reuters.’ — ‘Shattered Lens – The Gaza Flotilla’

“I remember noticing a knife in the hands of one of the men on the ship as he moved on an Israeli soldier. This was in the earliest set of images taken from Turkish TV. Within a few hours that part of the image had been cropped out. I also was puzzled by the weapons in the hands of the Israelis because I could not identify them. It later was released that they were carrying paint-ball guns.”

Posted by: Aryeh Wetherhorn at Dec 2, 2010
(source: Media Backspin)

Excerpt from Honest Reporting’s special report:

Until now, however, nobody has commissioned a study to examine the imagery produced by the wire services for identifiable trends that may indicate bias.

To find out if Israel is being treated fairly by the wire services, Honest Reporting embarked on a three-month in-depth study of how Israel is portrayed by all three wires [Reuters, AP, Getty]. Read the first part on the Gaza flotilla and see what [they] found.

From monitoring over 2,000 images from Reuters alone during the course of [Honest Reporting’s] three-month study, the truth is that Reuters’ photo crops are only the tip of the iceberg of flawed and biased coverage of Israel.

Reuters “had released photos taken from the IDF’s video footage filmed from an army helicopter as Israeli commandos tried to board the Mavi Mamara and were viciously beaten by the passengers. The videos served as Israel’s strongest evidence of aggression against its soldiers.”
“While it is common practice for wire services to indicate that the footage came from an outside source, the language of the captions casts some level of doubt about the contents of the video. Other images, including those supplied by the IHH that were later cropped by Reuters, do not contain the same language.”
[In other words, Reuters practiced double standards in its captioning by showing a pronounced bias in their worded caution against IDF source pictures but dispensing with the same warning when it comes to photos sourced from its Palestinian stringers who operate under the protection of Hamas. — Hartal]
“… it is vital to remember that photographers do not operate freely in Gaza which remains under strict Hamas control. It is reasonable to conclude that Hamas played a role in creating the image, either active or passive.”

“Perhaps, the problem lies in the source of the pictures, i.e. the by-lined photographers…Said Khatib, Majdi Mohammed, Mahmud Hams and Nir Elias. All are probably freelance ‘stringers’, who sign up to a deal with the PA or Hamas to only provide coverage heavily tilted against Israel. Maybe, in the interests of journalistic transparency, it’s time Reuters and their ilk added a ‘credibility’ warning to their photographs, stating the shots were taken only by snappers who’d signed up to various Palestinian propaganda offices’ outrageous ‘codes of compliance’.”

Posted by: Hugh Ash at Dec 2, 2010
(source: Media Backspin)

A Reuters picture (below) that highlights the deliberate slant mentioned.

“The Reuters caption emphasizes the fact that the image is a frame grab ‘from an IDF video showing what the IDF says is a pro Palestinian activist hitting Israeli soldiers with a club-like object’.”

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