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South Korean network apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ images on Tokyo Olympics

A South Korean broadcaster has apologized for using “inappropriate” images and captions to depict some countries competing in the Tokyo Olympics — including using a photo of Chernobyl for Ukraine and pizza for Italy.

Seoul-based MBC also posted reports of the recent assassination of President Jovenel Moïse as Haitian athletes walked into the Tokyo stadium during opening ceremonies, The Guardian said in a report.

The network flashed a picture of Dracula for Romania, pizza for Italy and salmon for Norway.

MBC, a South Korean broadcaster issued an apology after offensive photos were used to accompany footage of arriving delegations during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies
The South Korean network flashed a picture of pizza for Italy.
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MBC, a South Korean broadcaster issued an apology after offensive photos were used to accompany footage of arriving delegations during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies.
The network used inappropriate images and captions for some countries in the Tokyo Olympics.
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It referred to the US Marshall Islands, meanwhile, as “once a nuclear test site for the United States.”

The disastrous depictions left the news outlet red-faced.

“Inappropriate images and captions were used to introduce some stories,” the network, officially the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, said in a statement.

MBC, a South Korean broadcaster issued an apology after offensive photos were used to accompany footage of arriving delegations during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies.
A bitcoin logo was used to depict El Salvador.
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MBC, a South Korean broadcaster issued an apology after offensive photos were used to accompany footage of arriving delegations during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies
The Seoul-based broadcaster apologized to Ukraine for using a picture of Chernobyl.
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“We apologize to those countries, including Ukraine and our viewers,” it said.

Athletes from other nations were depicted with more benign — and sometimes bizarre — images and information.

For instance, Great Britain’s entrance into the arena included an image of Queen Elizabeth II, while El Salvador, where cryptocurrency is the legal tender, was depicted with a bitcoin symbol, the newspaper said.

MBC, a South Korean broadcaster issued an apology after offensive photos were used to accompany footage of arriving delegations during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies
MBC apologized to the countries and their viewers for “inappropriate images and captions.”
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MBC, a South Korean broadcaster issued an apology after offensive photos were used to accompany footage of arriving delegations during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies
The network flashed a picture of salmon for Norway.
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