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There's no smoke without fire - Press Photographer Alan Detrich resigned from his position of photographer at the Toledo Blade after admitting that he digitally altered an image featured on the front page of the newspaper.
Detrich resigned from his position at the Ohio based newspaper after it was discovered that he had breached journalistic ethics by materially altering an image of a university baseball team prior to publication. The Editor also discovered after further investigation that Detrich had also tampered with other images in the past, and that 79 out of 233 published pictures had in fact been altered, including the addition of a basketball in one image and a hockey puck into another.
Detrich removed the persons legs from behind the banner
Executive editor Ron Royhab said that “Journalism, whether by using word or pictures, must be an accurate representation of the truth. Digitally editing images is dishonest.”
Similarly, photographs by Lebanese freelance photographer Adnan Hajj were removed from Reuters at the beginning of the year, after it was discovered that he had been altering news images. Hajj claimed he had been just trying to remove dust marks, but critics found he had added several objects to photographs including a large plume of smoke and several buildings.