(photo credit: Hurriet)
A letter was sent to Reuters chief Tom Glocer on Monday expressing the "grave concern of the government of Israel" over the cropping of photographs taken from the Turkish Mavi Marmara ship last week by Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs MK Yuli Edelstein.
The photos, which were published on Sunday in the Turkish Hurriyet daily, showed images of the commandos, their fatigues stained with blood, subdued by passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara ship but excluded the knives held by the aid activists.
At the popular blog LittleGreenFootballs.com, which initially took note of the missing knife, the blog's founder Charles Johnson posted the story along with exhibits of both sets of pictures to the site.
Describing the cropping of the images of an "abuse of photo-imagery by
Reuters," Edelstein wrote, "I am sure you are aware that pictures –
originally produced by the violent activists aboard the Mavi Marmara
and published in the
Turkish media - clearly show the use of knives against Israeli
servicemen. However, when these pictures were initially distributed on
the wires by Reuters picture service they were cropped to exclude the
knives and blood that bore evidence of the violent intentions of those
who participated in the attacks, and provided vital evidence in support
of Israel’s claims."
The letter was cc'd to David Thomson, Chairman Thomson Reuters, and
Alistair MacDonald, Reuters Jerusalem Bureau Chief.
While acknowledging that Reuters has since "distributed the original
images," Edelstein added, "There is of course great concern that the
altering of the images distributed could have been done with intent
rather than due to mistakes in the editorial process."