Ethics in Photo Editing: Not the Same in Bangkok

There are some great photos in the Boston Globe’s photo blog post about the protesters in Bangkok. There is also what appears to be some ethically questionable photo editing going on in a couple of the images, particularly in images 1 and 21. If you take a closer look at image 1 by AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, there are heavily burned in areas in the upper corners. The part that strikes me first is how dark the upper right corner is. It looks as if the name of the building or business has been intentionally burned down to be unreadable. In image 21 by AP Photo/Manish Swarup, the upper left corner is burned down so far that it is almost entirely black. It is really unnatural looking compared to the light levels in the surrounding areas. Again, what is being hidden in that area? Maybe I am wrong about this but to me it seems as if these are blatant violations of the code of ethics for photojournalists. Take a look and tell me what you think.