There is no reason to refuse using material from citizen journalists, but of course as always standard journalistic procedures (fact-checking) should be followed, and we know that the BBC does follow the rules (no rule without exception). So instead of blaming the BBC we should take this case as a reminder.
Photo Business Forum :: "'orphaning' of photographs" - Fact-checking took a holiday at the BBC recently, as a credit line of "photo from activist" was used to identify propaganda promoting the activist's cause, on the front page of the BBC's website for an article titled "Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows." The problem? Among the many, is that this photograph, purported to have been taken on or about Friday, May 25th, 2012 in Houla, Syria, and represented in the photo caption as "believed to show the bodies of children...", was actually taken on May 27, 2003, 9 years earlier, in Al Musayyib, Iraq, by photographer Marco Di Lauro, a photojournalist for Reportage by Getty Images.
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