Reuters appears to have stepped in it
again with creative photo editing.
The wider photograph showing a knife in the hand of a "Mavi Marmara" passenger's hand (bottom right).
You'll recall the justifiable outcry that arose when the agency's photo team added black smoke
to a photograph of Beirut under Israeli attack.
The new incident involves the deadly Israeli raid
on a Gaza aid flotilla on May 31. And it would appear less sinister on its face -- because it involves cropping out rather than adding something in -- except that it involves two crops that appear to be precisely tailored to omit knives in the hands of the activists aboard the "Mavi Marmara."
You needn't agree with conspiracy theorists accusing Reuters of an anti-Israeli bias to recognize that knives being held near seemingly injured and panicked Israeli commandos is a relevant detail in those two photographs, regardless of intentions. (Never mind the bloodied hand of what appears to be a second Israeli troop, highlighted here
The initially released Reuters photo, cropped to omit the knife.
Reuters has its own Photoshop rules and guidelines
posted on the web, including the specific rule that's got the blogosphere up in arms:
No additions or deletions to the subject matter of the original image. (thus changing the original content and journalistic integrity of an image)
-- Central Newsroom