Russian embassy in Ankara condemns jury's choice World Press Photo
The embassy denounces on Tuesday a "demoralizing" decision that translates a "complete degradation of ethics and moral values".
- The Russian Embassy in Ankara criticizes the choice of the jury of the World Press Photo
- The jury praises the courage of the photographer
- "Problematic as a terrorist decapitation"
The Russian Embassy in Ankara criticizes the choice of the jury of the World Press Photo
The Russian Embassy in Ankara on Tuesday (February 14th) condemned the World Press Photo decision to reward the photograph showing the murderer of his ambassador standing near his victim's body.
In a message published on its Facebook page, the embassy has spoken out against a "demoralizing" decision , believing it to reflect a "complete loss of ethics and moral values . " Make "propaganda of the terrorist horror is unacceptable" , she added.
The jury praises the courage of the photographer
The photograph, taken on 19 December by Burhan Ozbilici of the Associated Press agency, shows the 22-year-old Turkish policeman who had just killed nine Russian soldiers in Ankara, Andrei Karlov, Inauguration of an exhibition. There is the assassin, Mevlüt Mert Altintas, finger in the air, a gun in his hand, his face showing anger.
The judges who awarded him the first prize in the most prestigious photojournalism competition on Monday praised the courage of the photojournalist, as well as the symbolic significance of this image.
"Problematic as a terrorist decapitation"
But this choice has aroused controversy even within the jury of World Press Photo, revealed its president, Stuart Franklin, in a tribune published by the British newspaper The Guardian . "It is a picture of a murder, the killer and the killed, both seen on the same image, and morally as problematic to publish as a terrorist decapitation ," he wrote.
Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the State Duma's Committee on Foreign Affairs, said that the choice was "on the margins of morality" and asked "how many other terrorists could be inspired by this photo."