CAN 1 Exercise 1


Find examples of news stories where ‘citizen journalism’ has exposed or highlighted abuses of power.  How do these pictures affect the story, if at all? Are these pictures objective?  Can pictures ever be objective?

Ian Tomlinson (1962-2009)

Tomlinson died as a result of excessive force from a police officer at a protest during the 2009 G20 Conference.  As supported by the first photograph below, Police initially claimed

“The officers took the decision to move him as during this time a number of missiles – believed to be bottles – were being thrown at them.” (Davenport, 2009).









Davenport, J. (2009). Death of Ian Tomlinson. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Oct. 2018].

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