Altered Images: Brangelina photo 'hijacked for politics'
- 19 July 2013
At first glance, Cambodians heading to the polls might assume that the seven-digits held aloft by Angelina Jolie denote her support for the opposition National Rescue Party (CNRP).
Its supporters often make the sign to show they'll be ticking box number seven on the ballot paper on 28 July. And given Jolie's links to the country - she was awarded citizenship in 2005 in recognition of her environmental and conservation work - voters could be forgiven for assuming the star has an eye on its politics. But, according to the Cambodia Daily, the CNRP logo was added to a three-year-old image of her with husband Brad Pitt. Seemingly, it was taken when they visited Haiti in support of hip-hop star Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti NGO after the island was devastated by the 2010 earthquake.
It's not the first such example of photos being tweaked, says the paper, recalling one of US President Barack Obama appearing to hold a CNRP sign doing the rounds earlier this year. The party insists it knows nothing about the Pitt-Jolie photo, which attracted hundreds of Facebook "likes", the report says. CNRP supporters are on a high after the return from exile of leader Sam Rainsy, recently granted a royal pardon after being jailed in absentia on charges he claimed were politically motivated. But despite the publicity, Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to lead his Cambodia People's Party back to power, having been at the head of various coalitions since 1985.
Meanwhile, in Egypt, as citizens awaited the appointment of a cabinet by interim President Adly Mahmud Mansour, much excitement was generated when images said to feature two female nominees began circulating on social media. Pictures labelled as Layla Rashid, nominee for the Environment Ministry, and Health Ministry nominee Maha al-Rabat attracted comments praising their beauty. Hours later, however, a Facebook post pointed out "the truth". The photos actually showed Dubai health policy professional Layla al-Jasmi and Maha Zahalqah, an education director for the Palestinian authorities. "The two are not Egyptians in the first place; we are sorry for the disappointment," lamented one post.
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