Sunday, August 06, 2006

Reuters drops Lebanese photographer over fraud

In the latest news from Lebanon and Israel, Reuters announced it will be dropping a Lebanese photographer for doctoring the image of the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike on Beirut.

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

ABC News Online did publish the manipulated picture but has since replaced it with the unaltered image.

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.

For a graphical illustration about how the Lebanese photographer doctored the photos, click here. Man, pretty soon it's going to get hard to tell real from fake (if it isn't already)


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