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Doctored photo on Net stirs election controversy
By Julian Matthews
Friday, November 26 1999

KUALA LUMPUR--Cut-and-paste artistry showed up as an issue in Malaysia's election run-up when a 1995 photo was "updated" to reflect new political line-ups.

Malaysia's biggest Chinese-language newspaper Sin Chew Jit Poh doctored a photo in its Nov 14 issue showing current National Front deputy chairman Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in a group picture of the coalition's leaders in place of former deputy chairman Anwar Ibrahim.

The substitution was first spotted by subscribers to a Chinese discussion list called Kopitiam on the Net.

It was posted Tuesday on alternative news site side-by-side with a similar photo of the same event, sans the alteration, published by another Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau on Nov 19.

Sin Chew Jit Poh editor-in-chief Liew Chen Chuan apologized for the mistake and admitted the 'updating' of the photo was "a violation of the cardinal principle of journalism".

He added that the junior sub-editor responsible had no political motive.

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