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China: Editor quits, paper apologizes over doctored photo
China Daily Xinhua ^ | February 19, 2008

Posted on 02/26/2008 6:09:48 PM PST by Mr. Brightside

Editor quits, paper apologizes over doctored photo

Updated: 2008-02-19 07:56

A newspaper apologized Monday and its chief editor resigned over a fake picture scandal, in which a photographer manipulated images to show Tibetan antelopes roaming under a bridge on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Photographer Liu Weiqiang's fake shot that appears to show Tibetan antelopes crossing near a bridge on the Qinghai-Tibet railway as a train passes. [china.com]

The Daqing Evening News, based in the oil city of Daqing, Heilongjiang province, said in a statement on its website: "We sincerely apologize to Chinese Central Television (CCTV), Xinhuanet and other media that published the picture."

"We also apologize to the photography circle and the public for the bad influence of the fake photo."

Photographer Liu Weiqiang's fake shot that appears to show Tibetan antelopes crossing near a bridge on the Qinghai-Tibet railway as a train passes. Wang Zhongyi, chief editor of the newspaper, resigned on Sunday over the scandal, according to sources at the Daqing-based press.

The newspaper's apology came two days after staff photographer Liu Weiqiang, 41, admitted he faked the picture.

The award-winning photographer, who is also an activist for the protection of Tibetan antelope, apologized to the public for the shot that showed more than 20 antelope roaming calmly under a railway bridge as a high-speed train was passing.

"I've carefully read through all the Internet postings about the picture, which I'm ready to say, was modified with Photoshop software," Liu said on Saturday in a forum at the photography website Xitek.com.

The incident came to light on Feb 8, when a post on the same forum pointed to three pieces of evidence that suggested the shot had been fabricated.

One of them was a red line, which, once magnified appeared to show the join of two separate pictures.

There were also questions raised over how calm the antelope appeared to be despite the passing of a noisy, high-speed train.

Zoologists said Tibetan antelopes are easily disturbed by even the slightest sound, yet the ones in Liu's photo were perfectly calm.

Liu claimed to have taken the photo on June 23, 2006, a week before the official opening of the railway.

His work, named "Qinghai-Tibet railway opening, green passageway for wild animals", was named among the 10 most impressive news photos of 2006 at an annual event sponsored by CCTV.

"It was designed to be a poster, but was published on many websites for free," Liu wrote in the posting.

"I was very surprised it stood out in the CCTV photo contest."

At the CCTV award ceremony on Dec 27, 2006, Liu said he had waited for eight days and nights in the uninhabited land of Hoh Xil, situated more than 4,000 m above sea level, to capture the shot, according to scripts of the event still available at CCTV.com.

In his post Liu said: "I spent two weeks there waiting for the antelopes and train to appear together, but they never did."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: communismkills; fakebutaccurate; fauxtography; stalinisttactics; usefulidiots; waronerror

1 posted on 02/26/2008 6:09:51 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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See large image and explanation here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120363429707884255.html?mod=yhoofront


2 posted on 02/26/2008 6:11:02 PM PST by Mr. Brightside ( Ronald Reagan Would Back McCain - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1970504/posts)
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To: Mr. Brightside
in which a photographer manipulated images to show Tibetan antelopes roaming under a bridge on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Scandalous.

Would that would be the extent of the editorial malpractice in the west.

3 posted on 02/26/2008 6:15:43 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (the model prescribes the required behavior. disincentives ensure compliance.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

It’s hard to beleive that a newspaper editor in Communist China controlled Tibet has more journalistic ethics than the editors of American newspapers like the NYT, the LA Times and the SF Chronicle.

Itr just goes to show that America’s MSM is somewhere to the left of the ChiComs...


4 posted on 02/26/2008 6:15:49 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Mr. Brightside

I don’t care what you say, the LA Times says they’re real... and I still believe them.


5 posted on 02/26/2008 6:16:17 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Mr. Brightside

These animals are more closely related to goats than to reindeer (antelope).


6 posted on 02/26/2008 6:17:13 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Mr. Brightside

Mr. Weiqiang,

Please send your resume to Reuters. Attention: middle east division.


7 posted on 02/26/2008 6:17:22 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Owl_Eagle

Dan Rather also confirmed that he did not heard any reports to the contrary. Shot might be fake, but it is darn accurate.


8 posted on 02/26/2008 6:18:21 PM PST by alecqss
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To: Owl_Eagle

Dan Rather also confirmed that he did not heard any reports to the contrary. Shot might be fake, but it is darn accurate.


9 posted on 02/26/2008 6:18:31 PM PST by alecqss
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To: Mr. Brightside; monkapotamus; SevenofNine
Photobucket
10 posted on 02/26/2008 6:18:43 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

lol!


11 posted on 02/26/2008 6:22:08 PM PST by Mr. Brightside ( Ronald Reagan Would Back McCain - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1970504/posts)
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To: Mr. Brightside
I'm more concerned about Chinese fake API's used in drugs and the overall poisoning...

I wonder if this is actually a ploy to illustrate that China is adopting Western ethics?

12 posted on 02/26/2008 6:22:18 PM PST by NativeSon (off the Rez without a pass...)
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To: Owl_Eagle
and I still believe them...

Courage, Dan....courage.

LOL.

DISCLAIMER: this response post was purely in jest...meant to be funny - ha ha. Seems as of late that folks get really testy, real quick. THIS WAS AN ATTEMPT AT HUMOR.

If you still have a problem with my post, talk to the hand.

:)

13 posted on 02/26/2008 6:22:48 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: martin_fierro

You know that photo is photoshop what in the world Looter guy doing out there with no civilaization LOLOLOL!


14 posted on 02/26/2008 6:23:46 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: martin_fierro

If you look close, you can see the tourist guy in the window of the train.


15 posted on 02/26/2008 6:24:31 PM PST by Mr. Brightside ( Ronald Reagan Would Back McCain - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1970504/posts)
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To: martin_fierro
now that was good....

I wonder if that bubba knows how many times his criminal a$$ photo has been put on display....

Probably not.

16 posted on 02/26/2008 6:24:59 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Is that the Katrina Looter Guy in the distance?


17 posted on 02/26/2008 6:26:25 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham; martin_fierro

Dang! I should have read further before posting!


18 posted on 02/26/2008 6:28:50 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Dang! I should have read further before posting!

Photobucket

19 posted on 02/26/2008 6:29:56 PM PST by digger48 (http://prorev.com/legacy.htm)
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To: Mr. Brightside

20 posted on 02/26/2008 6:33:54 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: digger48

21 posted on 02/26/2008 6:34:24 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: martin_fierro

Excellent. I would love to enlarge, frame and hang that picture on my office wall.


22 posted on 02/26/2008 6:34:32 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: martin_fierro

Where’s the polar bear?


23 posted on 02/26/2008 7:35:36 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Everything is ok in China, there is no sign of green helmet guy.


24 posted on 02/26/2008 7:36:34 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Meanwhile, in Alberta, Canada........



Pic is of Elk crossing a road in Alberta, Canada.
25 posted on 02/26/2008 7:37:51 PM PST by Horkster (Fate is a fickle b*tch with a sense of humor. - Glen Cook)
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To: LasVegasMac

No sir, that was a quality line. Thanks for the laugh!


26 posted on 02/27/2008 12:44:28 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL


27 posted on 02/27/2008 12:49:27 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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