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The massacre of October 7, a day seared into the collective memory of every Israeli, stands as a grim testament to the relentless brutality of terrorism.

On that fateful day, innocent civilians gathered at the Supernova music festival, only to be met with a barrage of gunfire and grenades unleashed by Hamas terrorists.

Amidst the chaos and devastation, photojournalists were present, not as impartial observers but as active participants in the exploitation of tragedy.

Rather than extending a helping hand to the wounded or comforting the grieving, some chose to wield their cameras as tools of sensationalism, capturing images that exploit the suffering of the innocent for personal gain.

One such example is the award-winning photograph, hailed as the ‘Photo of the Year’ by the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

This despicable image, featuring the lifeless body of Shani Louk, a victim of the October 7 massacre, serves as a grotesque reminder of the depths to which some in the media will sink in pursuit of accolades.

Louk’s dignity and humanity should not be tarnished by being eternalized in a picture where she is half-naked, paraded by terrorists.

Shani Louk

Shani Louk ( Shani Louk’s Instagram)

It is utterly reprehensible that Reynolds Journalism Institute would bestow such an honor upon a photographer who not only failed to uphold the principles of ethical journalism but actively participated in the exploitation of human suffering.

By rewarding such behavior, they are complicit in perpetuating a culture of voyeurism and sensationalism that cheapens the value of human life.

We must demand that Reynolds Journalism Institute retract this disgraceful award and issue a public apology to the victims and their families.

To honor those who exploit tragedy for personal gain is a travesty of justice and a stain on the integrity of journalism.



Subject: Retraction of ‘Photo of the Year’ Award for Exploitative October 7 Massacre Photo


Dear Reynolds Journalism Institute,


I am deeply troubled by your decision to award the “Photo of the Year” to an image depicting the hostage abduction during the October 7 massacre. This photo, featuring the violated body of Shani Louk, is not only disrespectful but also morally reprehensible.


By honoring this image, you are complicit in the exploitation of tragedy for profit and perpetuating the dehumanization of innocent victims. Your failure to acknowledge Shani Louk by name and address the full scope of the atrocities committed on October 7 is utterly unacceptable.


I demand the immediate retraction of this award and a formal apology to the family and friends of Shani Louk and all the other victims.



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Shani Louk ( Shani Louk’s Instagram)