An example of a “non-news” context that would benefit from requiring undoctored photos:
In a photo submitted to an architecture-award committee in the mid-2010s, the photographer digitally deleted the depiction of large air-conditioning units on the roof of a sleek, curvy, low building.
The photographer was merely trying to make the building look better.
The architect didn’t stop the submission of the “improved” images.
And the judges of the competition could only assess the building based on the submitted photos — they made no site visit — so they were unaware of the deletion until after they had given the building a design award.
(Two of the judges later said they would not have bestowed the award had they seen an undoctored photograph of the building.)
In the future, such misunderstandings can be prevented by the simple requirement that all submitted photographs be “Guaranteed TCQ.”