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TNP bows to public scrutiny, makes rare clarification

TNP bows to public scrutiny, makes rare clarification

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Citizens hope to apply same tactic on CPF board, Singapore reserves.

This photo has caused a stir online since 2011.

This photo has caused a stir online since 2011.

Under intense public scrutiny, The New Paper has made the rare decision to counter online speculation regarding the authenticity of a photo about cyclists belonging to them.

TNP’s reply was directed at a wildly inaccurate article published by New Nation yesterday that cast aspersions on the authenticity of a photo showing cyclists doing random crazy shit on the road that was featured in MyPaper on May 6, 2013.

The photo originally belonged to TNP and speculation has been rife since 2011 about whether it was doctored when it first surfaced.

And to prove that it was not doctored, TNP published a series of photos in response showing that the published photo occurred as it happened.

Far from being a case of wrongful accusation, this incident has emboldened citizens.

Self-styled political pundit Eric de Yaya, said: “Imagine if enough people ask questions about CPF monies or the size of Singapore’s reserves.”

“This is a case study of how public scrutiny, even when it is online, can lead to the truth being made known without all that hemming and hawing. And bloodshed.”

Not everyone agrees with this piece. Read the apology instead.

Did MyPaper use doctored photo to slime cyclists?

Did MyPaper use doctored photo to slime cyclists?

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Evidence seems pretty compelling.

A little storm is breaking out in the cycling community in Singapore.

Eagle-eyed members of the cycling community Facebook page, SG Cyclists, are saying that local morning rag, MyPaper, has published a doctored image featuring cyclists on Changi Coast Road to portray cyclists as riding dangerously.

The article was published on May 6, 2013 yesterday:

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Thank god for the internet, when viewed online, the article can be zoomed in to show a high definition of the image. This means that if you only saw the image in print on paper, you wouldn’t have seen it as clearly.

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So what is the first dead giveaway that the picture might have had some work done?

The members from SG Cyclists Facebook page are aghast to see that there is a group of three cyclists in the middle of the road, out of nowhere — because no cyclist would ever do that.

And then there’s that daredevil cyclist on the left doing some stunt right behind the van.

And if the improbability of three cyclists in the middle of the road is not a dead giveaway that the picture might have been doctored, you will notice that up to five of the cyclists have been “plastered” on the scene.

Simply because there is some obvious discrepancy with the overall feel of the other real cyclists in the image when you use Photoshop to zoom in on all of them.

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Right click and open the image above in another tab. You will note that the sports bra cyclist and the cyclist on the far right are real. They are facing and riding towards the camera — in the same angle as the lorry behind them in the distance.

The fake cyclists with arrows on their heads are facing the “wrong” direction.

Now check out the most epic Photoshop FAIL.

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Eh what the hell happened to the curb?! And how come the front wheel got no shadow?!

So, let’s just give credit where it is due: The original photo is taken by someone called Mohd Ishak/ The New Paper.

In the spirit of creativity, some members have created their own convincing photos of local cyclists doing crazy shit.

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What is the conlclusion? Read this.