Bin Laden Death Photo ?
May 7, 2011 by staff
Bin Laden Death Photo, Reporter Chris Strohm National Journal reports the Pentagon says U.S. recovered five videos of Osama bin Laden during the raid that killed him. At least one video shows bin Laden himself watching on television, his beard and hair are gray.
The five videos showing Osama bin Laden see the news coverage itself, according to an Associated Press report.
CNN reported on Saturday that the Pentagon would release five videos showing Osama bin Laden on its premises.
The Associated Press reports that the video showing the daily life of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad complex could be released on Saturday.
The news of the death of Osama bin Laden arrived late on Sunday night as we prepared to “put the paper to bed” – send the last pages of the press.
The importance of breaking news required to wait for our electronic services, send us a full report and redo the main page (which meant for President Obama expected to confirm the news in a live televised address.)
That was our first decision, easier and with the participation of more coverage of this story.
It was not until the following day, Monday; they began to think about ethical dilemmas they might face reporters about how to go far into the details of publication. The most pressing was the following: If the U.S. government free photos of the bin laden dead, what they print?
This question resulted in conversations across the journalistic profession, including web sites as poynter.org industry and the online home of the Digital Radio Television News Association (see http://tinyurl.com/3hulv3h).
Arguments for and against posting the pictures were all over the board. Its publication may put doubts to rest and bring closure, but more could inflame anti-American sentiment and U.S. citizens put at risk. The images may seem to glorify killing, however, that more could reveal bin Laden, for what it is – just a man, a mortal who can be brought to justice for their horrible crimes.
This debate almost ended when the news broke that Obama had run the photos to remain hidden. Is expected to explain that decision and more a “60 Minutes” interview airing Sunday on CBS.
But I’m not convinced the photos were kept secret. For starters, a lot of senior people have access to them already. And almost everything that seems to escape the media at any time (including, as you know, Iraq classified U.S. government documents obtained in Afghanistan and the war and then spread worldwide by WikiLeaks.)
Therefore, I think the ethical dilemma remains, but the question has changed: if the photos were leaked and authenticated, if your publication?
That is a totally different circumstance.
An official government statement is a sign that a balancing test that has already been done – that is, that the public interest in seeing the corpse of Bin Laden is the greater the damage potential of such images might cause.
A leaked document suggests that the official government position is that it is better for Americans, if they do not see the photos. We in the media would be on our own to perform the balancing test.
Let me back up a tick and mention that he had made a decision about posting photos on the Wausau Daily Herald if they were released by the Obama administration.
Assuming that the pictures released were not too horrible, the Daily Herald intended to run on an inside page, with a note on page 1A inform readers and warning that some people may find the pictures disturbing. Online, we planned to show in a headline that the photos are attached to an item without showing the pictures on our homepage.
We have not decided what to do if the photos were released without government approval. But let’s think first, and consult their colleagues and readers, before putting the paper to bed.
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