New York Daily News Edits Injury Out of Boston Marathon Photo (Graphic Image)

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New York Daily News is being criticized today after it was revealed that they edited a Boston Marathon photo, removing a woman's gruesome wound in order to keep it from shocking viewers.

In the original photo, a woman is seen lying on the ground with someone kneeling down to help her. Her legs are shown, with one of them being severely injured and bloody.

It was taken by Boston Globe's John Tlumacki. It has been in many online and print sources, but it was only the Daily Mail that edited it.

Yahoo said the ethic code for the National Press Photographers Association is to never alter the integrity of the photograph. It warns, "Do not manipulate images … in any way that can mislead viewers or misrepresent subjects."

While the edited photo shows blood on the streets and a woman in distress, the injuries are no where to be seen.

Many have expressed disappointment in the site's decision to remove the injury.

Charles Apple, an editor for the Orange County Register, said, "If you can't stomach the gore, don't run the photo. Period."

The Daily News released a statement saying it was only being sensitive to victims.

"The Daily News edited that photo out of sensitivity to the victims, the families and the survivors. There were far more gory photos that the paper chose not to run, and frankly I think the rest of the media should have been as sensitive as the Daily News," they said.

Usually, when a publication decides to alter images out of sensitivity, they blur or obscure the image in an obvious way so as to not mislead viewers. 

Sources: Inquisitr, Mediate