Today, through the internet, false or misleading information can be spread globally within seconds. Images can be digitally altered or used out of context to support a political narrative. At its worst, fake news can be used to sway elections, divide society and attempt to alter historical facts. But how serious a problem is misinformation in photojournalism today, and what safeguards can be put in place to stop it?
We invited three influential industry professionals to share their views: South Africa-based news photographer and Canon Ambassador Gulshan Khan, winner of the 2020 HIPA Emerging Photographer award; Thomas Borberg, photo editor-in-chief at Danish daily newspaper Politiken and jury member for several major photography competitions; and Irish/Canadian photojournalist Finbarr O'Reilly, also a Canon Ambassador and a regular contributor to The New York Times, as well as a two-time World Press Photo winner.
Here Gulshan, Thomas and Finbarr offer their insights into this increasingly important topic.