Is it proper for the press to participate in a blatantly staged
photo op, even when it's admitted that the people who showed up only did so because they were paid
Consider this situation from the "occupied" Golan Heights: In exchange for "free" education in Damascus, around 200 people showed up to "shout" Mother's Day greetings to their "relatives" who lived (presumably, as the caption provided doesn't delve into details) on the Israeli side of the valley.
While it's decent of Bassem to note that these people showed up, in essence, as paid players, take particular note of the purposeful
staging of the scenery: We're shown "peaceful" students, a vast gulf of land, and evil
barbed wire. (It should be noted that the barbed wire pictured is most likely on the Syrian side of the border, which means it's not evil Zionist
barbed wire, but the implication
that it is still remains.) All of these combine to form some rather powerful imagery
, but is the substance presented in the photographs genuine?
There are no news stories accompanying these photographs as of yet, and I've not determined how old this "ancient" custom is, but if any of y'all are aware of the background behind what's pictured here, please do let me know
My question to you is this: Is a series of photographs like this proper? Even though the motivation of the players is mentioned, it's not uncommon to see details like that removed from the photojournalist's captions
when the photograph is used in other media outlets. At what point does it become "improper" for the press corps to cover and transmit
photographs of a knowingly-staged event
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