Fake Footage of Women’s March Sparks Outrage in Chile

(Bloomberg) -- Chilean TV channel Mega showed images of people throwing stones March 8 and said they were taken from the global women’s march. There was only one problem: it was archive footage from an earlier and unrelated protest in December.

In a sign of the battle for accuracy and accountability in Chile, the country’s National TV Council, in charge of supervising proper use of licenses, has received 1,187 complaints from users after the images were shown, a record amount on a single case, according to data from the CNTV. About 190,000 people marched peacefully in Santiago on Friday demanding equal rights for women, joining millions of other women around the world.

Another controversy involving televised footage has surfaced. The CNTV confirmed it has received 266 complaints after Canal 13 used stock images of former President Michelle Bachelet, who is now high commissioner of the UN Human Rights office, during a report on the Venezuela blackout without providing proper context.

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