Egypt: Political opposition accuses state run paper of crossing red line

Egypt: Political opposition accuses state run paper of crossing red line

Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram newspaper has been slammed for modifying a photograph to suggest that the Middle East talks were led by President Hosni Mubarak.


The original picture, which was manipulated, was taken during the resumed peace talks at Washington showing Obama leading the way with Mubarak further behind. Egypt ‘s Al-Ahram however depicted Mubarak walking on a red carpet ahead leading the US , Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders suggesting he was in control of the negotiations resumed after two years.




The opposition 6 April Youth Movement described the newspaper’s alteration as an example of the regime’s corrupt media accusing it of being unprofessional. It stated on its website that the paper had crossed the "red line from being balanced and honest".  




Egyptian paper doctors Mubarak photo

Al-Ahram, the state-run newspaper in Egypt, recently ran the above photo of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak leading President Obama and other world leaders during Middle East peace talks at the White House.

But that’s not quite how the walk to the East Room played out. The BBC reports that Al-Ahram apparently had some fun with Photoshop, and placed the country’s leader up front.

You can see the original Getty photo below.

Egypt paper doctors photo of world leaders

Egyptian media has long faced government censorship, so it’s not surprising the state-run newspaper would opt to place Mubarak ahead of the pack. News of the re-cut photo drew a swift rebuke from one of Egypt’s leading opposition groups, the 6 April Youth Movement. "This is what the corrupt regime’s media has been reduced to,"  a statement on the group’s website said. The state-owned press had "crossed the line from being balanced and honest," the statement continued. But the specific reason for doctoring this photo is unclear, since Al-Ahram did not respond to the BBC’s request for comment.

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(Photo of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House on September 1: Getty/ Alex Wong)