A quick postscript to an earlier posting by my TV News colleague Kevin Bakhurst.
Several comments in response to what he said about use of video from Saddam’s execution objected to the fact that on this website we showed a still image of Saddam Hussein on the gallows awaiting execution.
On the day it happened the image, which included the noose, was on the front page for several hours and it remained in the main story thereafter. (We also used the video that ran on our TV news channels – which we do as a matter of course on all stories).
The decision to use the still image was not taken lightly and we realised some would disagree with it. We’ve been careful not to repeat the image needlessly in all the stories we’ve done since then about the event. But it was important to give our audience an understanding of how the event will have been seen by many in Iraq, the region and the rest of the world.
We are a news website and this was a key part of depicting what was by anyone’s standards a major news event.