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Controversial Image: CNN Edits Lara Logan Photo

It was the photo seen around the world -- the image of CBS News reporter Lara Logan moments before she was brutally attacked in Egypt. CNN has made the decision to edit that photo to obscure the faces of those behind her.

A Feb. 11, 2011 photo released by CBS, '60 Minutes' and shown on the CNN show Anderson Cooper 360 shows CBS reporter Lara Logan in Cairo's Tahrir Square surrounded by a group of men whose faces are obscured by blurring applied by CNN.  Anderson Cooper was discussing the story on his show Wednesday night when the altered image appeared.

CNN explained the decision by saying that the photo "was being used on our air as we reported about the sexual assault," Shimrit Sheetrit, a spokeswoman for "Anderson Cooper 360," told AOL News. "We made a network-wide editorial decision to blur the faces of those around Logan because we didn't know if those in the photograph were involved in the attack or not."

Television analysts were surprised, since the image had already been seen worldwide, and that CNN did this without explanation.

"If you are going to withhold information or you're going to do something when it's obvious you're going to withhold information or obscure photos, it's good to offer an explanation of why you're doing that," said Tom Rosenstiel, author of "Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload."

Los Angeles Times television writer Scott Collins accused CNN of tampering "with the journalistic record without explanation, leaving it to viewers to guess whether the network intended to protect or incriminate the figures in the background."

CBS released the photo in its original state. It would not comment on CNN's decision to alter it.


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