Few U.S. front pages feature dead Gadhafi, many international papers show body

Very few front pages of U.S. newspapers featured photos of a dead Moammar Gadhafi Friday morning, choosing instead to show rebels and citizens celebrating or archival images of the Libyan leader.

  • Of the 424 U.S. papers collected by the Newseum, I found seven — the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Casa Grande (Ariz.) Dispatch, Hartford Courant, El Nuevo Herald, Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times, and Express — that used large images of a dead Gadhafi on their front pages.
  • The Virginian-Pilot, Boston Globe, Las Vegas Review-Journal, High Point (N.C.) Enterprise and San Luis Obispo Tribune used a large front page photo of a bloodied Gadhafi taken before his death.
  • At least a dozen other papers used small images of a bloodied or dead Gadhafi on their front page.
  • None of the major national newspapers — The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today — used photos of a deceased Gadhafi on their front pages.

Abroad, some papers showed militaristic or menacing images of Gadhafi, but dozens opted for a dominant photo of the fallen dictator after he was killed by rebel fighters. Warning: Graphic images below. Some appear here courtesy of the Newseum.

Express tempered the effect of the bloody photo by treating it as a video screengrab.
The Daily News front page was dominated by the photo.
The Post’s headline and inset photo created intrigue around the dictator’s murder and its tie to a New York baseball fan.
The Hartford Courant used a photo that showed bystanders capturing images of Gadhafi’s body.
El Nuevo Herald used a similar image as the Hartford Courant, and also showed the place where Gadhafi was allegedly captured.
The Poynter-owned St. Petersburg Times used a photo of Gadhafi provided by Al Jazeera and the Associated Press.
The Virginian-Pilot used a photo taken after Gadhafi was bloodied, but before he died.
Most U.S. papers treated the news as The Washington Post did, with images of celebration; some, like the Post, included smaller photos of an injured or dead Gadhafi.
One of the more interesting front pages was from the Ledger Independent in Maysville, Ky.
The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger used multiple photos to tell the story of Gadhafi’s death.
This German paper used a photo montage to signal Gadhafi’s departure.
Gazeta, based in Poland, used a photo of Gadhafi in uniform.
Canada’s National Post created a poster-like portrait of Gadhafi.
The Lisbon-based Publico showed a dignified Gadhafi.
France’s Le Figaro used a photo of Gadhafi looking less formal.
This Abu Dhabi-based paper used a photo of a young Gadhafi beside a photo of the dead general.
Though many international front pages showed Gadhafi’s body, this Argentina paper was the only one I saw that used a photo of his covered body.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WVTDERRHPNRO5T7CDIEX75SAKI Benjamin

    We have become Rome. Parading the heads of defeated leaders on Pikes. But remember what happened to Rome.

  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    Hi Methlal,

    We had a live chat related to your question yesterday. In it, Poynter’s Kenny Irby and Al Tompkins talked about how to handle images of Gadhafi’s death: http://bit.ly/nbNrmE


  • http://twitter.com/Methlal Methlal Weerasooriya

    Do you all think it is ethical to show bloody bodies like this???????

  • Anonymous

    Washington Post front page looks good