This Time, AP Faces Beirut Photo Scrutiny As BBC Removes Image

A Lebanese woman wails after looking at the wreckage of her apartment, in a building, that was demolished by the Israeli attacks in southern Beirut July 22, 2006. REUTERS/Issam Kobeisi

A Lebanese woman reacts at the destruction after she came to inspect her house in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, after Israeli warplanes repeatedly bombed the area overnight. Israeli commandos attacked near the southern city of Tyre early Saturday but were repelled by Hezbollah guerrillas who killed an Israeli member of the force and wounded others, the group said in a statement. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Following close on the heels of a Reuters photo flap that resulted in a photographer being dropped and his improperly-altered photographs of an Iraeli airstrike killed, another photo scandal in Beirut is brewing, this time involving the Associated Press.

Via YNet:

A woman has made two appearances in photographs used by the Associated Press and Reuters, allegedly wailing over the destruction of her Beirut home. US bloggers have however noticed that photographs were taken two weeks apart from each other, according to times stamps on the images, and that the photographs were taken in different locations. “Either this woman is the unluckiest multiple home owner in Beirut, or something isn’t quite right,” noted the author of the Drinking From Home blog.

Meanwhile, it appears the disgraced Reuters photographer, Adnan Hajj, was more than merely retouching of his photos. As the Jawa Report notes, a pair of Hajj photographs, dated weeks apart, appear to depict the same post-bombing scene.

  • AP Beirut photo faces questions [YNet]
  • The Reuters Affair: More Than Just Retouching (UPDATED) [Jawa Report]


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