Saturday, September 18, 2010

State-run Egyptian newspaper explains why it doctored Mubarak photo (see post below)

That sleight-of-hand was criticized across the international media, drawing controversy and prompting questions regarding Al Ahram's professionalism. Al Ahram's editor has tried to play down the enormity of the fabrication: "The expressional photo is a brief, live and true expression of the prominent stance of President Hosni Mubarak on the Palestinian issue, his unique role in leading it before Washington or any other," Osama Saraya wrote on Friday.
The doctored photo, which has not been removed from Al Ahram's website, was spotted by blogger Wael Khalil, who said that the incident is a telling, if unsettling, example of the paper's role in glorifying Mubarak and his regime.

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