New York Times Censors Pig Photos to Avoid Offending Muslims

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Malaysia is a moderate Muslim country and you can tell that’s so because they banned non-Muslims from using the word Allah and pictures of pigs get censored. And the American media which began by censoring Mohammed cartoons to avoid offending Muslims is now censoring pigs to avoid offending Muslims.

Seemingly innocuous pictures of pigs in the front and middle pages of today’s International New York Times (NYT) have been blacked out in the Malaysian edition of the paper, raising both amusement and concern among readers.

A frontpage story in the international newspaper featured a picture of piglets standing in the snow but the printers of the Malaysian edition, KHL Printing Co, had blacked out the faces of each animal.

A continuation of the story about rising demand for pigs reared in the open on page 19 of the paper got the same treatment, with the faces of two adult pigs blacked out.

A representative from the printing company based in Shah Alam told the Malay Mail Online in a telephone conversation that pictures of pigs are not allowed in a Muslim country like Malaysia.

“From last time also we do this. If there is picture of nudes or like this we will cover. This is a Muslim country,” the spokesman said when asked why the faces of the pigs had been censored.

The pigs are naked so I suppose that makes sense. No reason to offend Muslim moderate Malaysia with porcine nudity.

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  • Veracious_one

    International New York Times (NYT) is dhimmified…no doubt about it…

  • wileyvet

    Maybe the pigs should be covered in a burkha, so as not to tempt the urges of Muslim men.

    • kilfincelt

      Good one!

  • DogmaelJones1

    Winnie the Pooh has been banned in the U.K., more or less. Banks can’t display piggy banks for fear of offending Muslim depositors. But I wonder how The Three Little Pigs would fare in Malaysia? It would have to be retold as the Three Little Dhimmis, and each of their houses is blown down by the Big Bad Muslim Wolf, who can’t each them because they’re not halal.

    • Drakken

      I say let the Wolves lose to have fun with the muslims. wolves gotta eat you know? ;)

  • laura r

    this is adorable. nude pigs their face covered up. seriously i wonder how much our culture will change in the future. cant show “animal farm”, forget the movie “babe”. what about serving bacon & eggs in diners? the UK is conforming to the muslim. is the US next? btw, this is a fact: the 2 smartest animals are pigs & dogs. in that order, check it out.

    • oldtimer

      are dogs next?

      • Peter Ehrich

        Dogs are haram in Islam. No pet dogs allowed only SOME used as herders/working. The ‘most perfect man’ did not like dogs and I’m sure the feeling was mutual. Dogs can tell.

        • laura r

          not to be contrary, but dogs were also not allowed in jewish homes. still today, orthodox do not have dogs. in any event, no one in the U.S. bent backwards for any other culture except islam. yes, first pigs will go. then “lassie” will be banned. pigs & dogs in commercials? maybe thats the first to go. i can see this coming down the pike. i think this will begin in universities. from there, the media. from there, store windows, advertisements. somehow i think bikini ads will stay.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            I’m Orthodox. We had a dog.

          • laura r

            in boro park the landlord said no to my friend, not kosher. guess its flexible depending upon the groups traditions.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Lots of landlords don’t like dogs and some Chassidic Jews eschew them. But there are plenty of Orthodox Jews who have them.

          • laura r

            interesting, as i also heard it was not allowed in europe way back. a friend was surprised to see one sitting w/my family (great grandparents w/thier children) in latvia early 1900s. it was a studio photo, so many mysteries. i have yet to see one on a lesh in boro park, but glad to hear some hasids are pet friendly.

          • chelmer

            Hey, Malaysians! For hot UNCENSORED pics of all-nude porcine critters, check out http://www.pigs.org/!

        • defcon 4

          There are plenty of anti-canine hadith in islam, one of which relates how muhammad had all the dogs in Medina slaughtered en mass.

  • fmobler

    Are we sure this is not to protect the pigs’ identities? They might become victims of porcophobia otherwise.

  • wally

    I am Jewish and very proud of the fact my father was a monkey and my mother a sow. Millions of years ago we were all monkeys, hairy and smelly, until some Africans decided heroically to stop dragging their knuckles and walk erect. And today we have Obama, definitely not a monkey in any way shape or form but a magic mulatto.

  • truebearing

    I suppose the Muslims are in hog heaven over this latest exercise in dhimmitude.

  • iluvisrael

    What doesn’t offend moslems? islam – ‘religion’ of the perpetually outraged

    • laura r

      what doesnt offend gays, trans, obese folks, women, blacks? everything offends everyone, even those who are not in the above groups. its trendy to be offended.

      • De Doc

        I take offense at that! ;)

    • defcon 4

      What doesn’t offend muslimes?
      The killing/persecution/rape and forcible conversion of the najjis kaffir, the untermenschen of islam0nazi theology.

    • Raymond_in_DC

      A fellow back in 2007 started compiling a list. Google “things that offend Muslims”. It’s a very long list.

  • john spielman

    is this why Mohammed’s face can’t be shown?

  • nomoretraitors

    Now if only we could have gotten the Times to censor the photo of the “artwork” depicting Jesus’ mother Mary with elephant dung.
    I wonder if the left will screech about “separation of church and state” and “theocracies”

  • mohdanga

    Do blind/disabled Muslims use guide dogs? After all, Muslims think that dogs are unholy and filthy so they shouldn’t be given access to any of these wonderful companions. Let Allah guide them around.
    I’m wondering when the next ‘human rights’ case will come up by Muslims demanding that the state provide them with non-dog guides.

    • defcon 4

      There was a story on barenakedislam, relating how miniature guide horses are being employed by blind muslimes in NYC.

      • wileyvet

        Well if they are also outfitted with minnie carriages they won’t be welcome in Bill DeBlasio’s New York.

  • oneteedoffpatriot

    Then how will they put Hillary on the front page?

  • De Doc

    So I guess I can’t do a full page ad spread for pork rinds in the Malaysian newspapers?

  • http://ironburka.blogspot.com/ Mullah Lodabullah

    No pok in Penang!

    Muslim group wants ban on open selling of pork in Penang

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/muslim-group-wants-ban-on-open-selling-of-pork-in-penang

  • canuck66

    I notice the faces were censored, however the backside of one of the porcine offenders was left unprotected. Hmmm…