BP criticized for faking image of oil spill command centre

16:16, July 22, 2010      

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British oil giant British Petroleum (BP) has admitted publishing an altered image of its oil spill command center in Houston, Texas, which showed technicians busy working in front of big screens displaying images of the damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Several screens were blank in the original image;

The picture, published on BP's Web site last weekend, showed several technicians working in front of 10 big screens displaying images of the damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP spokesman Scott Dean said that several screens were blank in the original photo and they used Photoshop software to add pictures.

This is the original picture.

An U.S. Internet user pointed out in his blog at Americablog.com that the faked BP image contained jagged crops around one of the workers’heads and the images of the well inserted into the blank screen do not fit the screen.

The fake image has rather embarrassed the visiting British Prime Minster David Cameron. He warned previously that BP would be severely punished.

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