PHOTOS of some top New York Times editors appearing to mock mass killing have caused a backlash against the paper online.
The photos, which were posted on a Facebook group, were then posted on website Gawker.
One of the photos shows the publication’s Opinion Editor Andrew Rosenthal wielding a toy M-16, recreating scenes from the Nepalese royal massacre, a source alleged to the website.
A calendar on the wall suggests the photo was taken in June 2001 - the month Nepal crown Prince Dipendra went on shooting spree killing 10 members of the royal family.
Another photo is alleged to be mocking the 1997 mass suicide of the Heaven’s Gate cult.
“These photos are in poor taste, not reflective of the values of The New York Times and deeply regrettable,” Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. told Gawker.
Some journalists involved claimed the tradition was from 20 years ago, and the photos were intended to remain in-house.
The New York Times was last week at the centre of a controversy here over its coverage of the Berkeley balcony collapse.
The paper apologised and accepted that the article could have been interpreted as victim-blaming.