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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, May 5, 2011

No photos of dead bin Laden

The US government has decided not to publish photos of Osama bin Laden's body. A wise decision, writes the liberal conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: "It is a fact that in modern society that the desire for revenge and graphic displays grows with the scale of a person's crimes. Nevertheless these are anarchistic reflexes which run counter to our civic values. ... In addition it remains doubtful what information bloody photos of the dead bin Laden could impart, apart from their huge sensational value. The supposition that they could give us definitive proof of bin Laden's death is in any case false. Today we have simply too many technical possibilities for manipulating photos at our disposal, and too few ways of independently verifying the quality of such documents. One must simply believe the American government when it says it acted honestly. What is certain is that lovers of dark conspiracy theories will not be impressed, regardless of what comes out of the US."

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