The photo of Richard Jomshof, the leader of the Sweden Democrat group on Karlskrona Council in southern Sweden, appeared on page 4 of the newspapers Karlshamns Allehanda and Sölveborgstidningen, local versions of Blekinge Läns Tidning.
The newspaper was printed at the Sydostpress printing works, where one of the presses was scratched with a sharp object to create the effect, according to Aftonbladet.
The paper and the printing works have reported the incident to the police. The managing director of the newspaper group, Kerstin Johansson, said the incident was “very serious.”
Jomshof himself said he was angry about the incident.
“I am tired of the scurrilous portrait of the Sweden Democrats that is spread around,” he told Blekinge Läns Tidning.