Belgian newspaper ‘De Morgen’ in racism row over doctored Obama monkey picture

The doctored photos

A newspaper has printed a picture of Barack Obama which was doctored to make him look like an ape.

De Morgen, a Belgian title, published it days before the US president makes a visit to commemorate the start of World War I.

The feature – labelled as satire – also said Mr Obama began selling cannabis after becoming the first black president. The newspaper pretended the doctored photographs were sent in by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Pictures of the section have circulated online with mixed opinions. Some have praised the freedom given to the Belgian press, while others called it racist.

One user on the social-networking site Reddit wrote: “White people are also portrayed as apes – look at recent pictures of George W Bush.”