Legacy media outlet goofs up: uses old image of Chennai flood passing off as an inundated Ahmedabad Airport

Legacy media outlet goofs up: uses old image of Chennai flood passing off as an inundated Ahmedabad Airport

In the present digital era, there is an immense amount of malicious and fake content along with photoshopped images circulating on the internet. It is a very sad period for the masses as media’s credibility has gone down. In such scenario, PTI (Press Trust of India) which has earned its name for credibility and genuine reportage goofed up a big time when a photograph from its source of Gujarat floods at Ahmedabad Airport circulated online, it later proved to be a picture of Chennai floods that occurred in 2015.

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Almost all the mainstream media followed by using the pictures of PTI due to its esteem reputation as a news agency. After realizing the goof up, newly appointed Information and Broadcast Minister, Smriti Irani tweeted:

Attention: photographs of Chennai floods have been used and passed off as Ahmedabad @PTI_News Kindly alert all news establishments.

— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) July 28, 2017

It would be prudent @PTI_News to get an explanation as to how this happened.

— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) July 28, 2017

PTI’s responded by accepting the error and said:

PTI deeply regrets the error and has terminated the services of the concerned photographer; @smritiirani and @shashidigital

— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) July 28, 2017

Being the premier news agency of the country PTI will surely be increasing its verifications concerns after the incident.

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