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It appears that Reuters’ photo-editors are running into problems once again.

Following the “photogate” debacle of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, Reuters issued new Photoshop rulesfor its photographers in January, 2007.

Here is one of the infamous pics from that episode in which sections of the image were cloned to create the perception of greater destruction:

For comparison, here is the original image:

What may be another example of the phenomenon comes from today’s Iranian Revolution Day parade in Tehran:

Zooming in a little:

It’s difficult (without the unretouched image) to determine whether the photographer or photo-editor was attempting to add people to the crowd or subtract “green movement” protesters and/or their banners. Maybe it was a small, justifiable retouch gone horribly wrong. The matter is currently unclear, but it’s quite clear that the published image has been compromised and its credibility brought into doubt.

Reuters has been contacted regarding the image.

In the vein of other things optical:
Iranian regime busses in support for anniversary celebrations

And, lest anyone think that Reuters’ photographers are the only ones with a copy of Adobe Photoshop, here’s a flashback to an important missile propaganda event for Iran last year.

Published photo:

Original image (failure to launch):


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