After reading the story about 21-year-old Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard, I would elect to not publish the photo. Yes, it was Julia Jacobson’s job to be there as a photographer on patrol with the unit, but there is no way she knew what was going to happen. Taking pictures of Bernard as he was laying on the ground taking his last breaths was completely her choice and she knew it was her job to take pictures of what actually happened during war, and I’m sure she took so many photos that she didn’t have to use this one. While the photo of Bernard may have been the most impactful photo, but Bernard’s father asked AP to not use the photo. I believe that since Bernard lost his life defending his country, AP should respect the fact that his family did not want that photo of their son used nationwide. There is many of ways to show the effects of war without showing that photo, war has been happening since the dawn of man and there is enough evidence on how bad the consequences of war is. According to an article on www.dailymail.co.uk the picture sparked a debate that divided the nation
Reporter, D. M. (2009, September 07). The image of a dying U.S. soldier has sparked a furious debate over the Afghan war which has divided America. Retrieved November 26, 2018, from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1211504/The-image-dying-U-S-soldier-sparked-furious-debate-Afghan-war-divided-America.html
Plaisance, Patrick Lee. Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice. SAGE, 2014.