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R. Umar Abbasi, Ki-* Han NY Post Subway Photo Prompts Debate

Posted: December 4th, 2012 in Ki-Suck Han, NY Post, R. Umar Abbasi by LALATE

R. Umar Abbasi, Ki-* Han NY Post Subway Photo Prompts Debate

LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A R. Umar Abbasi NY Post photo of pushed subway traveler Ki-* Han is prompting debate tonight. R. Umar Abbasi took a picture of Ki-* Han after Han was pushed into New York City subway tracks. Then the New York Post purchased the subway photo and put it on their cover. Tonight criticism is being levied against the NY Post for running the Han picture with shocking captions.

Last week, Alec Baldwin had stunning allegations about the New York Post. This week, the Post was under fire for their fake “exclusive” photos of “Derek Eater”, claiming that Derek Jeter had gained weight when he hadn’t.

But tonight, bigger trouble is striking the Post. Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne confirms that Han, 58, was pushed into subway tracks Tuesday afternoon by a male suspect. Browne tells news that the suspect, now in custody, was arguing with Han. Moments later, the male pushed Han into the subway tracks.

At 12:30 pm today, the suspect allegedly was waiting at the 49th Street station with Han. For reasons still unknown, a dispute erupted in which the suspect pushed Han. Han struggled to get out of the tracks while the suspect fled. Han was married with a child. Roughly two hours later, the suspect was arrested at 50th Street and 7th Avenue. The suspect is reportedly 30 years old and from Queens.

Late Tuesday, the Post ran on its cover the Han picture. In the picture, Han is still alive and struggling to get out of tracks. The image is shot by R. Umar Abbasi.

But who is R. Umar Abbasi? Local news is reporting that Abbasi was allegedly a “freelance photographer” and not a staff photographer for the Post. R. Umar Abbasi tells news “I wanted to help the man, but I couldn’t figure out how to help. It all happened so fast.” He claims he wasn’t strong enough to pull Han out of the tracks. Abbasi tells news that he chose to use the camera’s flash to warn the train of trouble up ahead. Critics are skeptical of that assertion.

But the second issue prompting debate is the Post’s decision to run the Abbasi’s photo on its cover. The Post even added the caption “Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die” and the words “DOOMED”.

“The @nypost and the employee who made the call to put the man about to die from a train on its cover are …. trash,” wrote Howard Stern producer Lee Gerowitz today. Soledad O’Brien took issue with the Post running the picture. “I think it’s terribly disturbing — imagine if that were your father or brother.”

So was Abbasi paid for the photo? That remains unclear. But CNN is reporting tonight “Reached by CNN, Abbasi was adamant that he would talk to the network only for pay.” Baldwin said of the Post just days ago “Everyone who breathes air knows the Post is the worst newspaper in human history.”


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  1. Karen said,

    on December 5th, 2012 at 3:23 am

    R Umar Abassi isn’t even a NY Post Photographer. He is also NOT a freelancer. This is his FIRST photo in the NY Post. He has been published in Gothamist previously and has a bunch of non commercial fashion pics of women on websites but no one has ever seen any photos by him in the NY Post prior to this. Never news photos. Something’s fishy about this whole claim about the guy being a “NY Post Photographer” !!!!

  2. Mario said,

    on December 5th, 2012 at 5:53 am

    This man is full of it. If he were trying to shoot the flash to alert the train conductor, then he would not have had such a clear picture of the man on the tracks. The flash would have been aimed towards the train thereby taking pictures of the train, not the dying man.
    He has also stated he didn’t have enough time to save the man. In order to take such a clear shot, he would have had to focus his lens on the shot. Otherwise, the picture of the man would have been blurred. Stop interviewing this man, and put him on trial instead.

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