|Anhui vice mayor Wang Hun red-faced over doctored publicity photo showing visit to elderly
Anhui officials are red-faced over a glaringly inept Photoshop doctoring job on an image showing the vice-mayor visiting an elderly woman.
The doctored photo published by the government of Ningguo in Anhui Province, showed vice-mayor Wang Hun and other officials beside an elderly woman who is sitting surrounded by four men.
The Guardian reports today that the photo had been exposed as a fake and that authorities have deleted it, apologized and ordered an employee to write a self-criticism.
Netizens have taken a dig at the officials for the whole episode.
Officials said they had visited centenarians including the woman in the photo, Cheng Yanchun, during a Chinese festival, but that an employee had merged two shots because the layout of the room where the woman was pictured had prevented the photographer from capturing her and the officials in the same frame.
“Cheng was sitting on a chair on the balcony, under the sun. The balcony space was very small and the camera lens could not cover the whole scene … When the employee of the municipal civil affairs department uploaded the photos … he simply merged two shots," the government said.
"We express deep regret to internet users for its negative influence … We will learn from the experience, to improve civil affairs work."