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Censored New York Times to release colouring book edition for Gulf market


Censored New York Times to release colouring book edition for Gulf market

Move follows recent refusal of printing rights

DUBAI: The New York Times is to convert to a colouring book after it was refused printing rights in the UAE this week.

“To stay competitive in a tight media market, we’ve decided that our Gulf edition will mostly feature blank pictures of flowers, houses and horses that our executive business readers can colour in at their leisure,” said New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

“It won’t affect our high standards – the New York Times branded colouring crayons will be of top quality and the pictures will have lots of lines, so plenty of room for different colours,” he vowed.

Sulzberger was speaking after the UAE government-funded Khaleej Times refused to print the New York Times Gulf Edition because of a front page article about worker rights in Abu Dhabi.

“We promise our readers it won’t be all drawings in our Pulitzer Prize winning publication,” said Sulzberger.

“There will also be a daily competition called “Can You Help Tommy Find His Way Home?” in which you use a pencil to find a way from the boy to the house at the centre of a maze. It will be a different maze every day!” he said.

“This is an excellent solution,” said Khaleej Times spokesman, Ahmed Al Sultan. “But the maze is too hard. It took me 20 minutes to do it yesterday. What kind of boy takes such a complicated way home? UAE roads are much straighter than that. This if the reality,” he said.

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  1. Dan

    May 22, 2014 at 8:47 am


  2. Charlotte

    May 22, 2014 at 10:54 am

    The New York Times is censored. but a coloring book?How about giving some news

  3. mike

    May 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Oh, that’s wonderful Charlotte, thank you

  4. Alan Sunlotion

    May 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I would suggest a paint by numbers edition but they probably couldn’t complete that either!

  5. Johnny Scargill

    May 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Think about that poor guy who colours all the tits black in the Sun newspaper, surely he could be utilised for colouring in all the bad bits about workers rights.

  6. Bacchus

    May 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I understand that there will be a special word-search puzzle in every issue that will never have words with more than four letters.

  7. Marta

    June 29, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I hear Jill Abrahms is doing the colouring book these days

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