PDI says sorry for burka photo caption

PDI apologizes especially to the Muslim community for the 'Security Risk' caption of its photo of President Aquino and a woman grabbed in burka

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) on Friday, May 11, apologized to the public and the Muslim community for the caption of a photo in its May 9 edition showing President Aquino shaking the hand of a woman garbed in burka.

“We say sorry to those who have taken offense over the caption head ‘Security Risk,'” PDI said in a brief note on page A20 of its issue Friday as well as its online edition.

“We are especially sorry to have hurt the feelings of our Muslim brothers and sisters,” it added.

The note appeared above the letters written by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and the Philippine Center for Photojournalism, which both condemned PDI’s “bigoted” caption.

A photo of a woman in burqa shaking Aquino’s hand that was captioned “Security Risk” appeared on the front page of the PDI issue on May 9. It drew flak from the media groups as well as netizens who demanded PDI to apologize for it.

The issue came in the wake of the Demetrio Vicente fiasco when PDI ran a series of unflattering photos of the stroke victim while he was on the witness stand at the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona. – Rappler.com