China Photog Blacklisted for Fake Photo

Tibetan antelopes

After being questioned and exposed by Internet users, Chinese photographer Liu Weiqiang admitted that he has published a fake photo about Tibetan antelopes, which won a national prize. These photos were used by Chinese authorities to answer concerns of environmental protection groups during the railway construction. The editor of Daqing Evening News resigned because of the fake photo crisis too. From AP via Examiner.com :

A Chinese photographer who faked an award-winning photo of Tibetan antelopes has been permanently blacklisted for his actions, state media reported.

Five Chinese media outlets have terminated their contracts with Liu Weiqiang, a photographer with the Daqing Evening News, saying his behavior “severely breached the ethical codes of journalists,” the Xinhua News Agency said late Monday.

The five companies – China Photomall, a photographic Web site founded by Xinhua News Agency; CNSPHOTO, affiliated with China News Service; and three other photographic media – said they would delete all of Liu’s works from their databases.

See also: Top 10 News Photo Of The Year Was Faked from ESWN and Heilongjiang newspaper fires journalist for award-winning fake photograph from China Media Project. Article from the Wall Street Journal.

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