All of the above photos are essentially one image. However, there are 3 different names attached to it.
Who is the real photographer? Was this image stolen? Is this a common practice among Iranian press?
The Real Story
The image captures the pandemonium, rescue and the tragedy of a C-130 plane that crashed into a residential tower.
Reuters reported that over 116 people died in the crash. Among the dead were 68 journalists and media technicians, en route to cover military exercises in the Gulf from various news agencies
I feel that the tragic loss of friends and colleagues is over shadowed by the lack of ethics shown by the Iranian press/photo community.
Fars News Agency, like other government sponsored news gathering organizations in
Photographers who work for these news agencies (i.e.
Their photographers get paid a salary and the images are owned by the news organizations for distribution. The publications in
Some photographers hungry for worldwide recognition and a quick dollar sell the exact images to various stock and news agencies outside Iran.
One principal offender, Majid, who is a senior shooter with
Majid also sells to Getty Images which supposed to be distributing exclusive pictures through their wire services.
I am not sure how to address this problem. One photographer blogger in
Perhaps one cause and motivation is the lack of existing strong copyright regulations and disregard for international intellectual property laws.
The annual international book fair in
document IRAN/Ramin Talaie -
WTO membership might be years away, but the way I see it, ethics among journalists should rise above it all.
This is a challenge for all Iranian journalists to understand and to face it head on...now.