The top daily newspaper in Austria has been accused of photoshopping an image of Aleppo in Syria, to make it more dramatic.
In the July 28 edition of Die Kronen Zeitung, Austria's largest newspaper, an image was published of the battle-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo.
Only one problem, it seems the photo was edited with Photoshop to make it more dramatic.
The photo was published on an article entitled "Assads Armee rollt mit Panzem zur, Mutter aller Schlachten ("Assad’s Army tanks pave the way for the ‘mother of all battles'").
The image depicts a man holding a child walking with a women in a hijab, as they are surrounded by the ruins of what appear to be bombed-out apartment buildings.
However, bloggers on the popular social networking website, Reddit, realized that there was something wrong about the image.
Apparently the original photo was published on the European Pressphoto Agency's website on July 26. However, instead of walking through a bomb wrecked street, the people were actually walking through a typical urban landscape, with some graffiti on a wall. The image can be seen here.
The image below is a screen capture from Le Journal du Siècle, which clearly compares the photoshopped version with the original image.
Screen capture from lejournaldusiecle.com
Critics on the Reddit website have accused the newspaper of photoshopping the image to sell copy, while others accused the newspaper of being biased against pro-government forces.
The newspaper has a daily readership of about 3 million people, which comprises around 43% of the total newspaper audience in Austria.
According to independent journalist James Corbett, the media picture being painted of the Syrian conflict is far from fair.
“What it shows is a coordinated series of efforts on the part of the media to really undermine basic journalistic truth, when it comes to reporting, in favor of skewing the story against the Assad government and towards the rebels,” Corbett told RT. “And that shows the political bias of many of these outlets.”