Gay kiss on New York Times cover censored in Pakistan
A same-sex kiss featured on the cover of the International New York Times was blanked out in the Pakistani edition.
The iconic American newspaper had featured a gay couple from China on the cover of its International edition on Friday – after a Chinese court accepted a same-sex marriage lawsuit.
However, in the edition published in Pakistan, the image was removed – leaving a conspicuous large blank square.
A caption underneath the blank square stated: “This picture was removed by our publishing alliance in Pakistan.
“The International New York Times and its editorial staff had no role in its removal.”
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Kamal Siddiqi, editor of Pakistan’s Express Tribune, told the Washington Post that the image had been censored as part of a “long-standing agreement” with the US paper.
He added the agreement allows them to refuse items which”may cause problems locally”, adding: “You will not see a picture in Pakistan of men kissing… in fact, you will not see a picture of anyone kissing.”
Gilles Sabrie, the photographer who took the picture, tweeted a comparison between the two newspapers, adding: “Pakistan doesn’t like gay love. My pic on INYT today’s front page censored.”
The article connected to the image revolves around Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang – two young men who brought a lawsuit after they were refused permission to marry.
The court case, believed to be the first of its kind in China, names a civil affairs bureau in the capital of the Hunan Province
Chinese officials claim that “only one man and one woman” can register to marry.
But Sun insists: “The original text of the marriage law does not say one man and one woman, but a husband and a wife.
“I personally believe that this term refers not only to heterosexual couples but also to same-sex couples, to gay men and lesbians.”