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Malaysia paper apologizes for comic tsunami image

This is a photo copy of Malaysian newspaper Berita Harian published Sunday, March 13, 2011, with a caricature showing Japanese cartoon superhero Ultraman comically trying to outrun an incoming tsunami. The newspaper has apologized through facebook and twitter Sunday and issue the apology on the newspaper Monday for a caricature after critics slammed the daily for being distasteful and insensitive. This is a photo copy of Malaysian newspaper Berita Harian published Sunday, March 13, 2011, with a caricature showing Japanese cartoon superhero Ultraman comically trying to outrun an incoming tsunami. The newspaper has apologized through facebook and twitter Sunday and issue the apology on the newspaper Monday for a caricature after critics slammed the daily for being distasteful and insensitive. (AP Photo)
March 14, 2011

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—A Malaysian newspaper has apologized for printing a caricature of Japanese cartoon superhero Ultraman comically trying to outrun a tsunami.

Malaysians reacted with a tirade of anger after the Malay-language Berita Harian daily newspaper published the cartoon Sunday. Critics vented on Twitter and Facebook and some called for a boycott of the paper.

The apology issued on the paper's website and on social newtworking sites said Berita Harian had "no intention of poking fun" at the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday.

The newspaper expressed sympathy and said it shared "the sorrow of the Japanese people."

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