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Be careful what you watch. Some images never leave you

Published 22/08/2014 | 02:30

American journalist James Foley is pictured while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: AP
American journalist James Foley is pictured while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: AP
James Foley

By now, you may have seen the controversial front page of Wednesday's New York Post.

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Featuring a bound and kneeling James Foley, his ISIS executioner stands beside him as he prepares to decapitate the journalist. One word is sufficient to dominate the page: "Savages."

It's a powerful and shocking image and has, as you may expect, caused a storm of outrage from people who seem to think that the paper was wrong for printing the image. But how can printing the facts be wrong? Yes, there is the argument that it might upset his loved ones. But as we saw from the Foley family's press conference, they have rather more pressing matters of grief to attend to.

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