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'New York Post' criticised over subway death front page

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Rupert Murdoch's New York Post US tabloid has been criticised for posting a shocking picture of a man just about to die after being pushed onto the subway tracks in New York City.

The front page of today's edition of the paper depicts Ki Suk Han, 58, desperately attempting to get back onto the platform as a train approaches.

New York Post runs subway death cover

New York Post front page, cropped to avoid showing Ki Suk Han on tracks

He had been pushed onto the tracks by a crazed man on the Times Square subway platform after trying to protect fellow passengers from being attacked.

Onlookers screamed, shouted and waved their hands to try and get the downtown Q train to stop, but it was too late.

Freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi, who was at the scene and caught the chilling shots, said that the man was "crushed like a rag doll" by the train.

The New York Post, owned by Murdoch's News Corporation, ran an image taken by Abbasi just before Han was hit on its front page today, with the headline, "Pushed on the subway tracks, this man is about to die. DOOMED."

Abbasi claims that he was trying to use his camera flash to warn the train's conductor, suggesting that the photos were incidental.

The Post's article also defends the photographer, saying that he was not strong enough to lift Han from the tracks and save him.

But the paper's decision to run the shocking image on its front page has led to an outcry on Twitter.

Guardian journalist Ian Prior (‏@ianprior) tweeted: "Sickening rubber-necking front page from the New York Post. Imagine how this man's family feels."

Howard Stern producer Lee Gerowitz added: "The @nypost and the employee who made the call to put the man about to die from a train on its cover are pieces of trash. Despicable."

Sports Illustrated reporter Richard Deitsch (‏@richarddeitsch), was more contemplative, tweeting: "Chilling New York Post front page today. Would you have run it?"

The New York Post and its owner News Corporation have not yet commented on the criticism.

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