Irish Examiner takes hard decision.

Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2015 in Photography News by Alan Murphy

The Irish Examiner Front Page with disturbing image of Aylan Kurdi., a three year old refuge who drowned while his family fleed from Turkey to Kos. REUTERS/Nilufer Demir/DHA

The Irish Examiner Front Page with disturbing image of Aylan Kurdi., a three year old refuge who drowned while his family fleed from Turkey to Kos. REUTERS/Nilufer Demir/DHA

The Irish Examiner today (Thursday 3rd Sept) printed on their front page a hard hitting image of lifeless body of three year old Syrian refuge Aylan Kurdi by Reuters Photographer Nilufer Demir. As the extended caption states this is not in keeping with a long standing tradition of “not publishing the most disturbing photographs that emanate from warzones, areas of conflict and manmade or natural disasters.”¬†The paper’s editor, Tim Vaughan goes on to state that this is one occasion “when we feel the gravity of the situation justifies the publication of the photograph before you”. ¬†Philippe Douste-Blazy, a UN Official stated Monday to the London Independent that people need to see “the full horror” of what is happening.

The picture did make me stop and reflect – so I would say they were right to publish.