BERNAMA’s rebuttal hints picture doctored
Bernama’s denial is shocking because The Star staff themselves were embarrassed for the exaggeration in number of people present in the Prime Minister’s house.
I challenge Bernama to show a video of post it on Youtube showing the number of people and that particular scene because Bernama also had its TV station covering the event.
If the event had such a mammoth crowd I am certain Bernama’s TV cameraman would have captured the typical scene and broadcast it on TV. But, it was not done. Can Bernama prove it by showing the TV footage to support its denial?
The Bernama editor-in-chief admitted the photographer had used his “creativity” in capturing the picture of a crowd surging forward with cameras held ready to snap a shot of the first couple.
With all the modern state of art cameras and equipments at Bernama’s disposal doctoring the picture to depict a large crowd of well wishers with different sizes of faces from front to the background of the picture is small matter.
Now, I will state the reasons why the picture was doctored according to photographer and printing expert.
Sri Perdana cannot hold such a large crowd (tens of thousands as indicated in The Star’s caption line) as the picture portrays a crowd of tens of thousands.
Hari Raya open house is usually attended by the young, old and disabled on wheel chairs and this is not evident.
In the front page picture is a sea of faces and this is not possible to be gathered in one spot on the Hari Raya day.
Most of the youths are with cameras, there must be something more exciting than Najib.
- The pictures are doctored, primarily because some of the people in the background appear larger.
Different pictures have been juxtaposed and superimposed in the doctoring process to create an impression of a large crowd.
This picture does not show Najib and it is a total let down in the public relations campaign to gain supporters for the Barisan.
A Hari Raya event would usually show Najib shaking hands and meeting the people and this is lost in this picture which The Star decided to use on the front page.
The picture has been doctored by an amateur graphic artist who could not hide the doctoring.
Experienced photographers too confirm that the picture is doctored. Bernama must do more than just a denial to convince Malaysians.