Ultra-orthodox Jewish newspaper edits Angela Merkel out of Paris solidarity march photograph

Other women - including the mayor of Paris Ann Hidalgo - were also carefully removed from the main shot

Rose Troup Buchanan
Tuesday 13 January 2015 15:17
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An ultra-orthodox Jewish newspaper removed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other female leaders from a photograph showing European politicians attending the Paris solidarity march.

Chancellor Merkel was not the only women to be photoshoped out of the image – Israeli newspaper HaMevaser, or The Announcer, also decided to remove Paris Mayor Ann Hidalgo and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. Dannish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has also been cropped out of the image.

The march was held to remember the 17 victims of the Paris terror attacks. It was attended by millions of citizens as well as political leaders from around the world and across the political spectrum.

In the original - as you can see below - Chancellor Merkel stood between French President Francois Hollande and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Photographs of leaders on the march has also attracted controversy after it was revealed that the politicians attending the march were kept carefully separate, with a large security detail behind them.

A number of political analysts also pointed out that many leaders attending the march were hardly known for defending press freedoms in their own countries.

The editing, first spotted by Jewish site Walla, is not the first time a Haredi newspaper has been criticised for removing women from their coverage. The newspapers have previously defended the changes, by claiming that

Following the death of Osama Bin Laden, Brooklyn-based ultra-orthodox Jewish newspaper Der Tzitung photoshopped Hilary Clinton and another woman out of the photograph of US president Barack Obama and his security team watching the raid that killed the terrorist leader.

The newspaper later apologised for the altered picture.

The world has been shocked by the chain of attacks in France last week. 12 people lost their lives after masked gunmen burst into French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

The following day a gunman killed a policewoman and on Friday events came to a sobering conclusion with the death of four hostages in a Jewish supermarket in East Paris.

The two original gunmen and third hostage-taker were all killed on the Friday when French security police ended the stand-off.

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