News agency Reuters has been blasted for cropping out a dagger from photographs of Israeli soldiers injured on the Gaza flotilla.

The agency has been accused of biased reporting by failing to show an activist in pictures it distributed to the Turkish media.

In its blog, Reuters admitted it had received a number of complaints about the photos.

A spokesman said: ‘The images were made available in Istanbul, and following normal editorial practice were prepared for dissemination which included cropping the edges. When we realised that a dagger was inadvertently cropped from the images, Reuters immediately moved the original set as well.

‘We also used one of the uncropped photos on our home page, and linked to a slideshow which used both full-frame knife shots.’

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