Manila Standard draws flak for graphic front page photo

Manila Standard has drawn flak online for publishing on its front page a graphic photo of the dead body of suspected terrorist Basit Usman.


Usman, said to be a bomb making expert, was reportedly killed Sunday by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Maguindanao.

Initially, many people doubted the report since it took several hours for the military to confirm it. Despite the circulation of a photo of the moro rebel, with his face fully blurred out, some demanded that a clear picture be shown to the public as proof that he's dead.

That must have prompted the nationally circulated newspaper to publish an unedited version of Usman's photo for its Tuesday issue.

A certain Danny Pata captured a screenshot of the Manila Standard front page and posted it on Facebook. He captioned it: "The worst front page photo in the entire history of Philippine journalism."

Manila Standard today May 5, 2015 WORST FRONT PAGE PHOTO IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF PHILIPPINE JOURNALISM

Posted by Danny Pata on Monday, May 4, 2015


Netizens also expressed their reaction through comments.

"Seriously, do they expect the reader to pick this up in the morning and read it while having breakfast? Utterly despicable," Bicolano Man said.

"Bad standard of cover page," George Tapan posted.

According to Manuel Yamsuan Jr., "It is really against decency and ethics to publish this kind of pictures bandit or otherwise. Desperadong mabenta ang diyario!"

Manila Standard has not yet issued a statement regarding the controversial front page photo.