Manchester attack: New York Times defends its publication of leaked images

Manchester attack: The New York Times defends its publication of leaked images

The publication of leaked images provoked outrage from UK authorities

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The New York Times has defended its publication of leaked photographic evidence of the Manchester Arena Bombing. 

The publication of photos detailing the remains of a backpack, as well as various shards of metal, caused fury among UK authorities. 

The images are believed to have been leaked to the paper by US intelligence officials, and this - coupled with the publication of the suspect's name before it was formally announced - has led to a major transatlantic row. 

The BBC reported the US is now being kept out of the information-sharing loop by Greater Manchester Police to prevent further leaks.

In a statement, The New York Times said the photos and their publication were "neither graphic nor disrespectful" towards victims, and insisted it has "strict guidelines" on how sensitive stories are covered.

It maintained the coverage was "consistent with the common line of reporting on weapons used in horrific crimes", insisted it has been "both comprehensive and responsible."