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Social media provides flood of images of death and carnage from Ukraine war – and contributes to weaker journalism standards

By Beena Sarwar, Visiting Professor of Journalism, Emerson College
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Photos of civilians killed or injured in the Russia-Ukraine war are widespread, particularly online, both on social media and in professional news media.

Editors have always published images of dead or suffering people during times of crisis, like wars and natural disasters. But the current crisis has delivered many more of these images, more widely published online, than ever before.

“It’s all over social media,” says Nancy San Martin, a longtime former foreign correspondent and editor at the Miami Herald. And not just online. Mainstream journalists are also departing…The Conversation


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