New York Post slammed over subway death photo


NEW YORK: Following the tragic death, police questioned witnesses about the incident and are examining surveillance video.


Yana Paskova

The New York Post's horrifying front page photo of Ki Suk Han, the 58-year-old man who was pushed to his death in a New York Subway station Monday, is raising hard questions about the paper's decision-making ethics. 

"Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi — who had been waiting on the platform of the 49th Street station — ran toward the train, repeatedly firing off his flash to warn the operator," the Post explained in their story about the crime.  

"I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash," Abbasi said. 

However, that's hardly a good enough explanation for many, who have abhorred the Post's decision to run the photo. 

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“I was astounded,” Kevin Z. Smith, chairman of the Society of Professional Journalists’ ethics committee told the International Business Times. “It defies any sense of professional, moral or ethical judgment.” 

Also up for debate is the photographer's decision to snap pictures instead of trying to help the man.

"Getting a conductor's attention with a flash — and maybe even blinding him with it — doesn't seem like the way you'd necessarily help someone that's clinging to the subway platform," wrote Atlantic blogger Alexander Abad-Santos

Here, Twitter reacts to the photo. What do you think of the Post's decision? 

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