N Korea doctors photo of military exercises
NORTH KOREA has been caught doctoring a photograph to double the number of hovercraft in a military exercise as part of its increasingly aggressive propaganda campaign.
The picture showed vessels with the same giveaway shine on the front, moving through the water at an identical angle and throwing up spray that had been clumsily altered.
News agencies, which had picked up the image from North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), eventually killed the distribution of the photograph with Agence France Presse stating "excessive digital alteration" had taken place.
Eric Baradat, the AFP photo editor, said "various anomalies" were apparent even though the North Koreans were become more sophisticated in their fakery.
"Usually a very simple examination with our software dismisses KCNA pictures but they tend to be better with Photoshop recently," he said.
KCNA has been at the forefront of Pyongyang's ferocious blitz of threats, the latest of which came when the regime of Kim Jong-un warned that the conditions for nuclear war existed on the peninsula.
The Stalinist regime also declared that it was severing a military hotline with South Korea – the third link to be cut in as many weeks.
The hotline is used to communicate as hundreds of workers travel back and forth at an industrial complex jointly established as a showcase of co-operation between the North and the South.
North Korea's propaganda campaign is a response to UN sanctions punishing it for a nuclear test in mid-February of this year. (© Daily Telegraph, London)