picture imperfect!

Egyptian newspaper under fire over altered photo

Egypt’s state-run newspaper has come under fire for altering a photograph to suggest President Hosni Mubarak was leading the Middle East peace talks. Al-Ahram showed Mr Mubarak walking on a red carpet ahead of US President Barack Obama as well as the Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders.

The original image, taken at the White House when talks were formally re-launched, shows Mr Obama leading the way and Mr Mubarak trailing behind.

The opposition 6 April Youth Movement has accused al-Ahram, Egypt’s biggest newspaper in terms of circulation, of being “unprofessional” for publishing the doctored image without mentioning the alteration. “This is what the corrupt regime’s media has been reduced to,” it said in a statement on its website, adding that the paper had “crossed the line from being balanced and honest”.

The independent daily, al-Masry al-Youm, reported that the state-run daily had “carried out surgery” on the photo “to show Mubarak leading and the rest behind”.

Al-Ahram has since replaced the image on its website with a picture of the assembled leaders seated on chairs in the Red Sea resort. Officials at the paper could not be reached for comment.


7 Responses to “picture imperfect!”

  1. 1 graciouslady
    September 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Gosh is there no honesty anywhere. I cannot believe the lengths that some people will go to to put themselves out in front. Would this be viewed as Mubarak is the “Peacemaker” and not our President? President Obama always takes center stage in these international events. He Never lags behind. Maybe altering this picture will help promote the second meeting that is to be held in Egypt. Whatever, it is still dishonest.

  2. 2 Hachikō
    September 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    That’s really pathetic.

  3. 3 DreamChaser57
    September 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    This post underscores the importance of blogs to bring a semblance of accountability to MSM (Mainstream Media). Also, I am not sure of the ages of each of the respective leaders, however, if appearances do not deceive me the Egyptian leader may be laggin’ behind a bit due to age or infirmity. It’s unfortunate that the newspaper had to manipulate the truth – the Internet truly has made the world flat – people are not obligated to embrace a proffered truth

  4. 4 kelly
    September 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Wow damn….this smells like something the GOP and FOXFAKENEWS would cook up. Did they really think they would get away with this. Our Potus Obama looks really determined and better than all, also King Abdullah is working the red carpet too. The older guys well no comment.

  5. 5 kelly
    September 15, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    How did Hachikō get a icon? I want to upload one…

  6. 6 vitaminlover
    September 16, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Thank God that we know what the real deal is.

  7. 7 Chi
    September 17, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Wow, what’s with all this crazy and unnecessary need to do such silly things! How infinitely childish is this?

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