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North Korean Government Flood Photo Manipulation Close but No Cigar

The North Korean government is the latest to get caught trying to feed a poorly Photoshopped photo to the media. This past weekend the Korean Central News Agency — a state-run organization — released a photo of citizens trying to wade through floodwaters in Pyongyang, saying that heavy rains flooded farmlands, destroyed homes, and caused deaths. After initially passing the image onto its members, the AP decided to issue a “kill notice” (yup, that’s what it’s called) a day later to withdraw the photo, stating,

The content of this image has been digitally altered and does not accurately reflect the scene [...] No other version of the photo is available.

The problem was the fact that the clothing worn by the people in the photo don’t appear to be wet at all — even where the water meets the pants! It appears the water level was much lower, and the government tried to exaggerate the image, perhaps in an attempt to appeal for international aid.

(via Korea JoongAng Daily via The Click)


 
  • http://twitter.com/Samcornwell Sam Cornwell

    How on Earth would you get access to this picture?

  • http://nickerwin.com nerwin

    Wow thats sad.

  • http://garyobrien.com Gary O’Brien

    I’m very concerned that the AP editors didn’t catch this.

  • http://profiles.google.com/felipey Felipe Yang

    To their credit, at least they didn’t photoshop the people walking on water…

  • http://profiles.google.com/felipey Felipe Yang

    To their credit, at least they didn’t photoshop the people walking on water…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    No doubt Mr. Ding Dang Dong, North Korea’s media spokesman, is now minus his testicles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    No doubt Mr. Ding Dang Dong, North Korea’s media spokesman, is now minus his testicles.

  • guest

    the poor guy who photoshoped the image must be in a gulag by now, if not already executed for sabotage along with his boss and family. 

  • Paul

    You can see almost the full length of the legs of the guy on the left in his reflection…

  • Anonymous

    the lighting seems a bit off, too…

  • Brandonsundt

    this is just pathetic. i mean, if you are going to put out fake stuff as these countries do, just go out and shoot fake stuff properly. these guys should all just forget photoshop stuff cause clearly they can’t handle it. just do it the old fashion way with trick angles and midgets and the like! you know, get a guy to stand in a deep pothole or something!  As for the AP, they are also sad. firing guys for cropping photos and other basic stuff, yet they’ll run propaganda photos from the PLO and stand by them. at least they eventually got this one, although it was probably already to late to matter.