Last week, Balkanist magazine published an account by a young presumably-British journalist’s of her sexual assault by a colleague on the night of her arrival in Kyiv, Ukraine, to cover the political situation there. The piece is well worth a read, raising important points about what women face working in the male-dominated field of conflict journalism.
In virtually every conflict, each side tries to manipulate foreign journalists into covering its grievances, to look at the violence and the destruction through its lens. But Israelis and Palestinians take this to a whole new level.
David Frum wrote an apology Wednesday about tweets he sent out last week calling photos taken in a Gaza hospital fake.
Of course the printed version goes way too far, fundamentally misrepresenting reality. If something happened at night, you can’t turn it into day. It’s the kind of factual misrepresentation
The Post discourages its reporters from tweeting photos without an editor’s supervision, said MaryAnne Golon, the newspaper’s director of photography. “If there’s a question about it, if it crosses a taste boundary, we ask to vet it first,” she said.
There are only nine images of the crash so far from the Reuters news wire, and the one containing the young woman’s body is the most illustrative of them all. It’d be easy to miss her, pale and small, within the wreckage. It’d be easy to miss the warning Reuters appended to its caption: “ATTENTION EDITORS – VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH.”
Most of the news agency photos being published of actual ISIS fighters (with a few exceptions stated below) are being pulled from either Twitter sites run by Isis or from jihadi-related Twitter posts. The question is, how is Reuters getting these pictures? And more significantly, has Reuters been enabling ISIL over the past three weeks in exchange for access?