Agence France-Presse, more commonly known as AFP, is in the hot seat once again, less than a year after they and Getty were ordered to pay $1.2 million to photographer Daniel Morel. This time though, the ordeal is far less expensive, ending with an apology shared on Facebook.
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.”