Shame on REUTERS: News Agency Caught Doctoring Flotilla Photos – “Photos of Bloody Knife Wielding Humanitarian’s” cropped prior to publication

Shame on Reuters.

What are we to think when a News Agency starts “doctoring” or “falsifying” news photographs to support its slant on a story.

Following the Israeli boarding of the alleged “humanitarian flotilla” from Turkey, pictures of the boarding were published in Turkey’s national press. Later the pictures were “cropped” and “enlarged” and published throughout the world by Reuters.

As it turns out Reuters doctored the original photos.

The original of the 1st photo shows a “humanitarian” standing with knife in hand over a bleeding IDF soldier laying on the boat’s deck. The Reuter’s photo “crops” the knife from the “humanitarians” hand.

In the original of the second photo, below, smeared blood is clearly visable on the railing of the boat, an IDF soldier is laying on the deck while a life jacketed “humanitarian” stands above him and a knife is clearly visable in the hand of a second “humanitarian” on the right. The second Reuters photo “crops” both the knife and the blood smear from the photo. When the author of  lightened the photo in his “photoshop” an additional IDF soldier was revealed laying on the deck of the  boat with a metal pipe beneath him in a pool of blood speading out from the soldier’s head.  

Journalistically, there is no way to justify these alterations. The alterations completely change the “voice” of the photos and have been altered to tell a “false story”.

Reuter’s must act quickly and decisively and fire both the photographer and photo editor responsible for this charade.

View the photos here:

and here

and here:

Additional Photo Notes: 

Notes: In the 2nd set of photos displayed here ( ) and below, note the “stab mark” on the Israeli’s soldiers left leg approxiately 5 inches below his belt (on our right – the soldiers left). Also note that the lifejacketed “humanitarian” has this soldier in a submission hold (see the Israeli’s wrist) also note the 3rd person’s hand and blood stains on the Israeli’s right leg, below the strap. (click on photo above for enlargement). A total of three “humanitarians” attacking this one “subdued” soldier with knifes. Gee, and some of these “humanitarians” were eventually shot & killed. How could that have happened?

ADVISORY: If your search engine is YAHOO – note that YAHOO, at present, claims it can’t “locate” the sites. Luckily for us, Google has no problem finding the photos or the articles associated with them. Gee, why can’t YAHOO find the sites?

One Response

  1. There’s more than enough SHAME to go ’round:::

    McAuleysWorld: This “story” has more than it’s share. 1). HAMAS, The Islamic Resistance Party, formed to resist or destroy the Mid East Peace Process, is not part of the Palestinian Government of the Gaza Strip. The Government to which HAMAS temporarily belonged was dissolved on 06/17/2007 by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. There is only 1 legitimate Palestinian Government, The Government of the Palestinian Authority. HAMAS is, simply, another hate filled terrorist group.

    2). Do you know what the pre-conditions are for a complete lifting of the “quarantine” of the Gaza Strip?

    HAMAS must acknowledge Israel’s right to exist; HAMAS must recognize the PEACE TREATY negotiated with Israel by Yasser Arafat and The PLO; HAMAS must agree to abandon violence against Israel and the Palestinian Authority Government.

    3) THE PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) has been the internationally recognized “voice” of the Palestinian People since the PLO was granted “observer status” in the United Nations in 1974.

    Read the true story of “The Wakseh” or Palestinian Civil War here:

    Wakseh is the name given by Palestinians to the Civil War now being fought in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority Government & the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO or Fatah) are fighting on one side against the Iranian backed HAMAS or Islamic Resistance Movement on the other.

    What cannot be forgotten is the HAMAS refusal to even negotiate with the Palestinian Authority Government or to relinquish its militant opposition to the existence of an Israeli State.

    In discussing HAMAS’ attempted coup in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Authority Government stated the following just two short months ago: “Reconciliation Efforts with Hamas: … and in light of our dire need to unify ourselves and empower our internal front, we must make every possible effort to put an end to Palestinian disunity. The question to be posed, however: Have we not made every possible effort to achieve this goal? The answer is yes. We signed the Reconciliation Document, which had been a fruit of the Egyptian efforts and dialogue between all factions. Earlier, we had signed the Mecca Agreement. President Abbas also promulgated a decree, calling for the conduct of presidential and legislative elections in January 2010 as stipulated by the Basic Law. Nevertheless, the Hamas Movement refused all these initiatives… we may request that the forthcoming Arab Summit Conference and the Islamic Conference Organization denounce the party that rejects the Palestinian reconciliation effort…. this action will disclose and expose the real positions of the Hamas Movement as well as its utilisation of resistance and religion. It will also expose the Arab and Islamic regimes which use Hamas’ forcibletake-over of Gaza for the sake of their own regional and international interests.”…r.pdf (beginning on page 10.) or try the link at the bottom of this article.

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