French TV channel censors anti-Macron placard with photoshopped image

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 17.12.2018 18:04
Screengrab of France 3 channel airing doctored image of a protester holding anti-Macron placard.
Screengrab of France 3 channel airing doctored image of a protester holding anti-Macron placard.

A French TV channel used doctored images to censor a placard aimed at President Emmanuel Macron by a "yellow vest" demonstrator, according to a report published by French newspaper Liberation on Sunday.

The original photo, captured by an AFP photojournalist, showed a yellow vest protester holding a placard that read "Macron Out" in French.

However, France 3, the second-biggest channel in the country, opted to use an altered version of the image which showed the protester holding a sign that just read "Macron."


Original picture by AFP Photojournalist shows protester holding placard that reads "Macron Out" in French.

Thierry Mariani, a French MP and former minister, slammed France 3's decision to censor, calling the move "North Korean propaganda."

After receiving criticism on social media, the channel issued an apology saying the issue was caused by "human error."

Since Nov. 17, thousands of protesters wearing yellow vests have been gathering in major French cities including Paris to protest Macron's controversial fuel tax hikes.

France's yellow vest protesters have political stances ranging from the far-right to the far-left but the leaderless group is united in its sense that Macron and his government are out of touch.

According to a recent survey, 84 percent of the French people, mostly from the middle-income group, support the protests.

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