Where We Live: Graphic And Newsworthy Photos

Hartford Courant was one of just seven U.S. papers to publish Gadhafi photos.

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Where We Live: Graphic And Newsworthy Photos
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Where We Live: Graphic And Newsworthy Photos

When Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed last month, the photos quickly become public and the media had to make a decision.

Many news organizations had slideshows of Gadhafi’s death on their websites. Some published the photos in their newspapers. Even fewer put it on the front page.

The Hartford Courant was one of just seven U.S. newspapers to publish a picture of Gadhafi’s body prominently on the front page. Some readers highly objected to the image with one letter to the editor saying, “Someone should be fired for allowing the photo of Moammar Gadhafi’s dead and bloody body on the front page of the paper. The Courant should be ashamed.”

But in a world where conspiracy theories abound about the true “end” of dictators, isn’t a photo like this a big part of the story?