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Pigs' faces blackened out in papers in Malaysia

Published on Jan 22, 2014 8:13 PM
 
The company which prints copies of the International New York Times sold in Malaysia blackened out the faces of pigs in two photos in the paper Wednesday, sparking ridicule online in the Muslim-majority country. -- PHOTO: SEBASTIAN TONG VIA TWITTER

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The company which prints copies of the International New York Times sold in Malaysia blackened out the faces of pigs in two photos in the paper Wednesday, sparking ridicule online in the Muslim-majority country.

KHL Printing Co superimposed black boxes on the pigs' faces in line with government guidelines, said a company employee who declined to be named.

"This is a Muslim country so we covered the pigs' eyes," he told AFP. "We usually do that for the International New York Times - also for pictures of cigarettes, weapons, guns and nude pictures."

The front-page picture of a group of brown and black-and-brown piglets in the United States accompanied an article on increasing consumer demand for antibiotic- and hormone-free meat.

 
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