Vice Apologizes for Faked Photos of Genocide Victims

An interesting apology from editors of Vice:

Friday April 9th, VICE Asia published an interview with Matt Loughrey, an artist working to restore and colorize images from Security Prison 21 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which was used by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 until its fall in 1979. The article included photographs of Khmer Rouge victims that Loughrey manipulated beyond colorization.

Why was Loughrey, admittedly an artist, manipulating genocide victim photos without authorization?

The [Cambodian] ministry said Loughrey’s project also violated the rights of the museum as the lawful owner and custodian of the images. “We urge researchers, artists and the public not to manipulate any historical source to respect the victims,” it said.

Loughrey did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

And how does this alter the deepfake debates? Here we see people with very specialized experience immediately calling out fakes, a very fast take down, and an apology.

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