On Sunday, rallies across Russia protested the corruption of the government under President Vladimir Putin, and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. In response, Riot Police set up barricades, used tear gas and arrested hundreds of protestors in cities across Russia.
In The Washington’s Post article about the rallies in Russia, they include many pictures taken from different rallies that document the treatment of protestors by police.
Here, a group of police barricade a city street to stop protestors from passing. The police stand in a menacing row, their shadows looming into the foreground.
Here, riot police are dragging along an arrested protestor. The protester is forced to keep his hands behind his head.
Even journalists covering the rallies were arrested by Russian police. Two riot police roughly grab a journalist who is arguing he is simply a press photographer.
Riot Police orderly stand against protestors wearing all black and black helmets.
Riot Police roughly drag a protestor by all four limbs.
Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader who called for the nationwide protests being arrested by Russian police.
Here, police carry a peaceful protestor by constraining all four limbs.
Again, a protestor is being constrained by riot police. The protestor here looks fearful and afraid.
As you can see here and in The Washing Post article, there are no pictures that show the police and/or riot police in a positive manner. There are also no pictures of protestors being physically violent. Did these photographers simply document what was happening, or did they choose to take pictures that expressed their views on the police and/or on the protestors?
Not only do we need to look for bias in the writing aspects of journalism, but we must also analyze the photos taken and/or chosen for the audience’s view.