The article “included photographs of Khmer Rouge victims that Loughrey manipulated beyond colorization,” Vice said in a statement.
“The story did not meet [our] editorial standards,” the publication added. “We regret the error and will investigate how this failure of the editorial process occurred.”
Despite the retraction, Cambodian authorities have strongly objected to the use of the images, after a government review found that several photographs were changed to add smiles.
“The alteration of these photographs shows an utter insensitivity for the people who died, the families who have had to continue on without their loved ones, and historical truth itself,” Phoeurng Sackona, Cambodia’s minister of culture and fine arts, said in a statement to CNN Business on Monday.
“We understand and respect artistic freedom. However, in this case, the artist has clearly desecrated the memories of the dead and robbed the victims of the Khmer Rouge of their dignity. The distorted photographs have needlessly once again traumatized the families and our nation.”
The minister is now calling on the artist “to immediately stop spreading these horrific images and specifically to take them off his website and out of public view.”
Loughrey did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Monday, they noted that while the story had since been retracted, “there has been no apology from either Vice or Mr. Loughrey.”
— CNN’s Helen Regan contributed to this report.