The Reuters caption on the doctored photo was: "Smoke billows from burning buildings destroyed during an overnight Israeli air raid on Beirut's suburbs August 5, 2006. Many buildings were flattened during the attack. REUTERS/Adnan Hajj"
In the withdrawal statement, Reuters said that "photo editing software was improperly used on this image."
The photographer who sent the altered image, Adnan Hajj, is same Reuters photographer behind many images from Qana, which are suspected of being staged.
Reuters could take a lesson from the Charlotte Observer which fired a photographer for altering an image saying:
Accuracy is among our most sacred journalistic values. That goes for the photographs, as well as the words, that we publish.
Accuracy in the presentation of facts is what I expect from the press. Sadly, that expectation is all too often disappointed.