Reuters Drops Freelancer Over Manipulated Lebanon Photos

Darren wrote this at 8:23 pm:

Another week, another scandal surrounding a news photographer doctoring images: Reuters says Mideast photographer doctored shots (

The Reuters press release is here: Reuters withdraws all photos by Lebanese freelance.

There’s a pretty good analysis of some of the images submitted by the photographer in question (Adnan Hajj) over at The Jawa Report, including close-up details from the images.

What I don’t understand is why these photographers keep submitting manipulated photos. Surely they know they’re eventually going to get caught out? The images will be seen by millions of people around the world, and any discrepancies are going to come to light. The photo of the smoke over the city is so badly done that even a schoolkid would know it’s a fake!

I can only guess that the freelance market has such stiff competition these days that photographers will do anything for a ‘blockbuster’, especially when their agencies are pushing them to deliver and threatening to drop them if they don’t. Add to that the unreal situation of being in the middle of a war zone, and I suppose the pressure and temptation just become too much.