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A TV channel is apologizing for altering a photo of an elected official by enlarging her breasts and reducing her dress.

A TV channel is apologizing for altering a photo of an elected official by enlarging her breasts and reducing her dress.

An entrance to the Channel Nine television network complex near Sydney, Australia on November 4, 2013.
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A photo of regional MP Georgie Purcell, found online by a channel's image department, was used to illustrate an article about duck hunting.

An Australian TV channel apologized “without reservation” Must be Tuesday Edited the photo A sexist adaptation of the original cliché to enlarge the size of a regional parliamentarian's breasts and lower her dress, denounced by her victim. Georgie Purcell, an upper house member of the Victorian state parliament, posted the original photo and an edited version on the page of 9News Melbourne, owned by Online Network Australia Media Group.

In the edited version that aired Monday night, her sleeveless white dress featured a halter top and skirt that revealed her midsection. A light gray translucent square is transposed to a portion of the photograph to emphasize MB's chest. “I went through a lot yesterday. But seeing my body and my clothes photoshopped by a media outlet was not on the agenda.Purcell commented on X (formerly Twitter). “Look at the enlarged breasts and the clothes that reveal too much of my body. I can't imagine that happening to a male MP. What's going on?”she continued.

Photoshop

9News Melbourne director Hugh Nylan said the channel's image department found a photo of the MP online to be used to illustrate an article about duck hunting. Purcell is the Animal Justice Party MP for Northern Victoria. “Usually, the image is resized to match our specifications”Nylon said.

“During this process, Photoshop Automation created an image that did not conform to the original shot”He added, referring to US-based Adobe's photo editing software. “It did not meet the high editorial standards we apply, and we apologize unreservedly to Purcell.”Nylon announced, making a point “Graphic Error”.

However, Adobe contradicts this description. “Any change to this image will require human intervention and approval”An Adobe spokesperson said in a statement to Australian media.

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