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Newspaper apologises for graphic picture blunder

Dubai-based newspaper 7 Days has been forced to apologise to its readers after publishing a graphic photograph of a toddler who had been shot through the head.

Dubai-based newspaper 7 Days has been forced to apologise to its readers after publishing a graphic photograph of a toddler who had been shot through the head.

The picture appeared in Sunday’s edition to illustrate a story about last week’s siege at an international school in Cambodia where the two-year-old Canadian boy was killed.

Yesterday’s photograph showed the dead boy being cradled in an adult’s arms. His fatal head wound was clearly visible.

But today 7 Days published an apology to its readers. It stated: “The image was printed in error. The original handling of the photograph was done to hide the child’s injuries. Inadvertently, during the production process, the photograph was moved.”

The statement continued: “This error is a matter of deep regret to 7 Days and we wish to unreservedly apologise for any distress the image caused.”

The blunder comes at a particularly embarrassing time for the newspaper. Tomorrow it hosts a lunch to reveal its first ever audited circulation figure.

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