Scandal develops around ‘staged’ Ukrainian war photos


from the Moscow Times


COMMENT FROM OFFGUARDIAN: We don’t make a habit of using the Moscow Times as a source, but we have decided to feature this curious piece as a part of our ongoing examination of the growing issue of media fakery. A Ukrainian journalist is being accused by his peers – not by Russians or by crazy conspiracy theorists – of faking images for war propaganda.
Do we assume this is an isolated or unusual example, or an aspect of a developing tendency to blur the lines between fact and fiction, between actual reportage and dramatic reconstruction of events that can’t even be confirmed to have occurred?

A Ukrainian photographer accused of staging an iconic image to engage with Russia in an “information war” has threatened legal action against his critics.

Dmitro Muravsky, who works for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, said that he would sue those who continued…

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