This week, The New York Times Magazine published a long article with the provocative headline "What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden." The story delves into the shadowy world of Pakistan's political and intelligence communities, examining what the country may have hidden from the United States while outwardly cooperating with the hunt to find Osama bin Laden in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
Someone in Pakistan didn't take too kindly to the story.
The print edition of the International New York Times in Pakistan cut the article in its entirety, and ran with a blank space where it would have been.
This has been bothering me all morning. What is so offensive? pic.twitter.com/Q6y6f51OEM
— Aysha Raja (@aysharalam) March 22, 2014
Bloomberg News reported that The Times' printer in Pakistan removed the article without the newspaper's consent.
“We would never self-censor and this decision was made without our knowledge or agreement,” company spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said in an email to Bloomberg. “While we understand that our publishing partners are sometimes faced with local pressures, we regret any censorship of our journalism.”