TAIPEI - A TAIWAN newspaper has caused an uproar over questions of media ethics after it removed the publisher of a rival paper from a picture of a delegation being received by the Pope.
The Liberty Times, Taiwan's top-selling Chinese newspaper, ran a picture on Dec 17 showing a group of Taiwanese led by Mr Franz Chen, chairman of porcelain dealer Franz Collection, meeting Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican five days earlier.
But the picture was doctored, said the mass-circulation United Daily News (UDN) on Friday. It pointed out that the image of Ms Wang Shaw-lan, its publisher, had been removed from the photo.
The UDN demanded an apology from Liberty Times, whose initial response came from a reporter who said she herself made the decision to edit out Ms Wang, who she deemed 'not an essential presence', in order to shrink the picture for 'better display'.