News Organizations Should Publish This Photo

By Lydia Polgreen

Produced by Vishakha Darbha

The scenes of devastation from Gaza are widespread on social media, but mainstream news organizations, including The New York Times, often have a directive to not publish overly graphic photographs. In this audio essay, the Opinion columnist Lydia Polgreen argues that there are times when we should not look away — and that it is our moral obligation to bear witness to images of war.

The image discussed in this audio essay is not depicted on this page. Please refer to and read Lydia’s full essay here. You can also read a note about Times Opinion’s editorial decision to not publish the image in full here.

Credit…Illustration by Akshita Chandra/The New York Times; Photograph by Picsfive/Getty Images

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This Opinion short was produced by Vishakha Darbha. It was edited by Kaari Pitkin and Alison Bruzek. Mixing by Carole Sabouraud. Original music by Sonia Herrero, Pat McCusker and Carole Sabouraud. Fact-checking by Kate Sinclair. Audience strategy by Kristina Samulewski and Shannon Busta.

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