Did Reuters Remove Weapons From Images Taken On Flotilla?

Did Reuters alter images taken on the flotilla Israeli soldiers boarded last week in order to make it look like the passengers were not bearing arms? It certainly looks that way. In images used by Reuters, evidence of weapons were removed or cropped from the pictures. Reuters tells Israeli newspaper Haaretz that the mistake was not intentional:

Reuters on Monday rejected accusations of biased coverage, adding that it had reverted to the use of “the original set” of images, once the organization realized that the photographs it had published had been cropped.

A Reuters spokesman told Haaretz: “Reuters is committed to an accurate and impartial reporting. All images that pass over our wire follow a strict editorial evaluation and selection process.

“The images in question were made available in Istanbul in following normal editorial practice were prepared for dissemination which included cropping at the edges. When we realized that the dagger was inadvertently cropped from the images Reuters immediately moved to the original set as well.”

As AllahPundit points out this is not the first time Reuters has gotten into trouble, during the Second Lebanon War the agency admitted to altering one of its pictures depicting destruction in Beirut after an Israeli bombing.

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