Violent photo

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

Being the mother of three active children I rarely have time to read the evening paper until early the next morning. In the morning, blurry eyed, I shuffle out to the couch, coffee in hand, and try to catch up with yesterday's news before my kids get out of bed. This morning I found myself reeling at the picture on the front page depicting a man with a gun to another's head. Apparently, from the smiles on the faces of the people surrounding the man, all of this was in good fun during the celebration of the Purim holiday in Israel.

Does anyone else see anything wrong with this? I was thankful that my children had not seen the picture. Must we bring such a graphically suggestive picture to the front page of our newspaper? The fact that this type of scene is so common in the Middle East that onlookers smiled in support is in itself sad to me. Haven't we seen enough violence for a lifetime? One only needs to tune into NPR to get the daily casualty counts between Israel and Palestine.

If a picture speaks a thousand words, what in the world were you thinking by printing such a suggestively violent picture anywhere in the paper, let alone the front page?

You, as a major player for bringing news to our community, have a responsibility to report the news in a responsible manner. In the future, continue to report the facts, but please be more responsible with your photojournalism.

Terry Gonwa


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