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AP photographers with suspicious credentials in insurgent areas

Journalistic ethics are always in question when one is dealing with times of human tragedy. In 2006, AP photographer Bilal Hussein won the Pulitzer prize for his coverage in Iraq. It was found that Hussein was involved with Al Qaeda and that is what helped him take those close photographs. AP excused the photographer even though bomb making material was found in his apartment.

Now Rahmatullah Naikzad, another AP photographer has taken pictures of two Afghani women murdered by Taliban. These are interesting pictures.

Look at these pictures carefully. The women are sitting and talking to each other and in the next shot they have been shot and lying in a pool of blood while people are watching over. One difference – first shot is a night shot and second is a day shot. So, the photographer was on the scene for quite sometime.

He has other pictures as well that show he was with the Taliban insurgents shooting their preparations and combing operations.

Of course, one of the question that comes to mind on looking at the pictures is – should he have just looked on while Taliban shot these two ladies?

How should it work?


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4 thoughts on “AP photographers with suspicious credentials in insurgent areas”

  1. I guess this is an instance of blogging about things “unknown” to you?

    “It was found that Hussein was involved with Al Qaeda and that is what helped him take those close photographs. AP excused the photographer even though bomb making material was found in his apartment.”

    The only problem with this passage from your post is that it is total bullshit. Do some homework.

    You may buy the right wing bloggers camapign against Hussein, but the legal case against him collapsed. But who needs charges and evidence and a judicial hearing or standard things like that.

    If you are going to write, at least try not to simply parrot Michelle Malkin’s bullshit.

  2. I guess this is an instance of blogging about things “unknown” to you?

    “It was found that Hussein was involved with Al Qaeda and that is what helped him take those close photographs. AP excused the photographer even though bomb making material was found in his apartment.”

    The only problem with this passage from your post is that it is total bullshit. Do some homework.

    You may buy the right wing bloggers camapign against Hussein, but the legal case against him collapsed. But who needs charges and evidence and a judicial hearing or standard things like that.

    If you are going to write, at least try not to simply parrot Michelle Malkin’s bullshit.

  3. Between Malkin’s version and the “liberal” version lies the truth.

    In any case, my question was more about how or why should a journalist keep looking on as innocents are killed in cold blood. The two pix above show that instead of helping the women – even helping to give a respectful burial or placing a shroud over the bodies of the women, the photographer thought it wise to take photographs! That is not journalism but macabre voyeurism at its worst!

    For those who want to learn more about Bilal – here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B

  4. Between Malkin’s version and the “liberal” version lies the truth.

    In any case, my question was more about how or why should a journalist keep looking on as innocents are killed in cold blood. The two pix above show that instead of helping the women – even helping to give a respectful burial or placing a shroud over the bodies of the women, the photographer thought it wise to take photographs! That is not journalism but macabre voyeurism at its worst!

    For those who want to learn more about Bilal – here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilal_Hussein

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