Why a newspaper in Germany ran an entire copy without any pictures

Picture: Kai Diekmann/Bild

German newspaper Bild ran its online and print editions without any pictures on Tuesday, instead using text only and grey space where images would usually be.

The country's biggest tabloid said it took the decision after facing a backlash over its choice to publish the moving photographs of three-year-old Syrian boy Aylan al-Kurdi washed up on a beach in Turkey last week.

In an editorial, published on the paper's website, digital editor Julian Reichelt defended the power of photography to shock, to change policy and to alter public opinion.

Without pictures the world would be more ignorant, the needy even more invisible, more lost. Many crimes would simply be forgotten without a visual reminders, no atonement, no penance, no apologies to prevent learning and memory. Photographs are the screams of the world.

  • Julian Reichelt, Bild digital editor
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