National Archives sorry for altering Women’s March photo

National Archives sorry for altering Women's March photo
Women's March in Manhattan in New York City. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times, Washington: The US National Archives have apologized for blurred out signs criticizing Trump in an exhibited photo of the 2017 Women’s March.

The self-described ‘America’s record keeper’ said in a statement it has ” made a mistake”.

Washington Post first reported the alteration of the photo. It included removing the president’s name from a sign that read “God Hates Trump”.

National Archive shared the apology statement on social media. The agency said it had “always been completely committed to preserving our archival holdings, without alteration.”

The agency said the photo is not for the archival record, they only licensed the photo licensed to use as a promotional graphic. But it acknowledged that they were wrong to alter the image.

A Women's March a Revelations!
The original, unaltered photo of the 2017 Women’s March in the District. An altered version appears in an exhibit at the National Archives. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The photo would be replaced as soon as possible, the statement added. Authorities have promised to “immediately start a thorough review of our exhibit policies and procedures so that this does not happen again.”

How did we get here?

The photo was taken by Getty Images photographer Mario Tama. It shows a huge crowd of people gathering in Washington for the 2017 Women’s March, which took place the day after Mr Trump’s inauguration.

Many of the marches are seen holding protest signs, some with references to the US president.

But Washington Post reported that the National Archives had blurred signs critical of Mr Trump and those that referenced women’s anatomy.

The National Archive removed president’s name from a sign that read “Trump & GOP — Hands Off Women”, and blurring out the word “vagina”.

In a statement to the WaPo, spokeswoman Miriam Kleiman said the National Archives, as a “non-partisan, non-political federal agency”, had blurred the president’s name “so as not to engage in current political controversy”.