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BBC Uses False Photo on NK Explosion

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    The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) made an erroneous reporting over the train explosion in North Korea by posting an incorrect satellite photo showing huge clouds of black smoke billowing from the alleged blast site on its Website.

    The BBC explained Friday that the photo was taken 18 hours after the explosion in the northwest North Korean town of Ryongchon, but the black-and-white satellite image was later found to be taken after an air raid in Iraq. ?

    Due to the superb timing of the mistaken photo Web-posting, many newspapers, including The Korea Times, printed the same photo in error in their early Saturday editions. South Korean media spared an important portion of their space and airtime Friday for the coverage of the tragic accident in the North. ?

    Fortunately most of the newspapers replaced the photo in their late editions, but readers could still find the false image in a number of morning papers. ?

    The BBC got the wrong satellite photo from the Government Communications Headquarters, an intelligence and security organization in Britain, according to Yonhap News Agency.

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    Wouldn’t they check the photo against other sources?

    If whoever they got them from said that George W Bush went on a murderous rampage, you would have to check up on other sourse to see if it was true and not just believe them. (A bit off the topic there ).

    But for purposes of ‘BREAKING NEWS’ I suppose they may not of had time to check and I would understand that they should of given BBC the correct photo.



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