Altered photo an error - newspaper

2012-09-21 07:20
Afghanistan police and officials investigate the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. (Massoud Hossaini, AFP)

Afghanistan police and officials investigate the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. (Massoud Hossaini, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A photograph of the suicide attack on a minibus in Kabul, Afghanistan, which appeared on the front page of the Citizen was manipulated in error, the newspaper said on Thursday.

Editor Martin Williams said in a statement that a decision was taken to blur the bodies shown in the photograph, published on Wednesday, as it was too gory to publish in its original form.

Instead, the bodies were digitally removed from the image.

"The photo should never have been published in that form," Williams said.

A photograph recently published of the dead bodies of Marikana protesters was much less graphic than the bombing picture, he said.

"Due to the much more graphic nature of the Kabul blast photo, we felt that blurring the bodies was appropriate.

"Removing them completely is, however, completely inexcusable and we readily admit that this never should have happened.

NPC: Could have used different pic


Eight South Africans were killed in the Kabul blast on Tuesday.

Beeld newspaper reported that the victims worked for the Johannesburg company, ACS/Balmoral.

The suicide bomber, thought to be a woman, also died in the attack, as did the Afghan minibus driver, a ground crew member from Kyrgyzstan, and a pedestrian.

Earlier, National Press Club chairperson Antoinette Slabbert said manipulating news photographs went against the rules of ethical journalism.

"We believe The Citizen, if it did not want to show dead bodies in the photo, should have chosen to use an alternative photo instead."
- SAPA
Read more on:    npc  |  afghanistan  |  media
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Montague Gardens 18:07 PM
Road name: Montague Drive

ROADWORKS - lane closures both directions for BRT lane construction - expect delays

Kuils River 18:05 PM
Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound

ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - expect delays

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is the end of the month and there may be a strong focus on organising finances. You may have found a need to reconstruct or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.