Altered bomb photo a mistake: Citizen
Johannesburg - A photograph of the suicide attack on a minibus in Kabul, Afghanistan, which appeared on the front page of the Citizen was manipulated in error, the newspaper said on Thursday.
Editor Martin Williams said in a statement that a decision was taken to blur the bodies shown in the photograph, published on Wednesday, as it was too gory to publish in its original form.
Instead, the bodies were digitally removed from the image.
“The photo should never have been published in that form,” Williams said.
A photograph recently published of the dead bodies of Marikana protesters were much less graphic than the bombing picture, he said.
“Due to the much more graphic nature of the Kabul blast photo, we felt that blurring the bodies was appropriate.
“Removing them completely is, however, completely inexcusable and we readily admit that this never should have happened.
Eight South Africans were killed in the Kabul blast on Tuesday.
Beeld newspaper reported that the victims worked for the Johannesburg company, ACS/Balmoral.
The suicide bomber, thought to be a woman, also died in the attack, as did the Afghan minibus driver, a ground crew member from Kyrgyzstan, and a pedestrian.
Earlier, National Press Club chairwoman Antoinette Slabbert said manipulating news photographs went against the rules of ethical journalism.
“We believe The Citizen, if it did not want to show dead bodies in the photo, should have chosen to use an alternative photo instead.” - Sapa