Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

German Broadcasting Heads Complain Over UEFA Footage

Heads at Germany's state-run tv networks are complaining to UEFA (the Union of European Football Association) about footage provided for the recent match between Germany and Italy that seemed to show a German fan crying over her team's performance. In reality, she was moved to tears over the playing of the German national anthem at the start of the match. This footage was then inserted later in the broadcast.

Dieter Gruschwitz, who works for ZDF, told UEFA this use of film was unacceptable.  "Because here it was suggested to the viewer that a scene – the woman with tears – was a direct result of the situation that had just happened, namely the Italians' goal." He added: "This is without a doubt a manipulation".

More here from the Guardian.

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