Chinese officials draw flak for bad Photoshop work
MANILA - Some local officials in central China recently drew flak on social media for bad Photoshop work.
A photo posted online by the government of Ningguo in Anhui province showed the deputy mayor and three other officials looking at the city's oldest resident.
Officials said they visited 103-year-old Cheng Yanchun, but the photo was poorly altered using the editing program Photoshop.
"One-hundred-and-three-year-old Cheng Yanchun, looking smaller than a hobbit, is squeezed into the bottom right hand corner of the image; next to her, a botched fade-out effect makes it look a little like the oversized local leaders have risen from the dead," the Wall Street Journal reported.
The photo has since been taken down from the government's website, but it continues to circulate on various social media platforms.
In a statement posted on its website, Ningguo's government said it has "decided to publicly admonish the Civil Affairs Bureau and the person responsible," as translated in the Wall Street Journal article.
"We hope all departments will learn a lesson from this incident and be even more rigorous in checking the information they publish," it added.
Just like China, the Philippines is no stranger to controversies involving doctored photos.
In 2011, the Department of Public Works and Highways was criticized on blogs and social media for a poorly edited photo, which showed three of its officials seemingly floating on air with the damaged Manila Bay seawall in the background.