The article is about Shkodra, Albania in 2010, the photo shows Tewkesbury, UK in 2007.
On January 12, 2010, Top Channel, the biggest Albanian TV station, published an article on its website about the ongoing flood in northern Albania, in the area of Shkodra. The article was titled "The catastrophe endangers 300 thousand people". However, as you can see below, the picture of the article is actually a scene from the July 2007 flood in Tewkesbury, England.
Click here to see the image below full-size, on a separate tab:http://img251.yfrog.com/img251/9927/topchannelscandalphotos.jpg
The Tewkesbury, UK flood of 2007 picture can be seen online on these links:http://www.intentblog.com/archives/2007/07/climate_chaos_u.htmlhttp://priti4witham.wordpress.com/2007/07/22/underwater-again/
Just a few days ago, on January 7, 2010, Shekulli newspaper, who coincidentally is the daily paper with the biggest circulation in Albania, published an article about the same flood in Shkodra, Albania, illustrating it with a picture showing a February 2007 flood in Mozambique, Africa (click here to see the picture and scroll down for the English version
). The photograph was taken from the website of the Spanish newspaper El Pais, and it was even published on Shekulli's site with the same file name. The next day, after the incident was reported on several Albanians blogs and forums, including Ramaik.com, Shekulli took the picture down from its website and replaced it with an actual picture from Shkodra, Albania.
Yesterday, Shekulli did the same thing
on its article about the current flood in Shkodra, with a picture showing scenes from Lezha (another Albanian area/city) from November 2009. Shortly after Ramaik.com reported on it, it took the picture off its website.
What's common on both foreign pictures published by Shekulli and Top Channel as scenes from the flood in Shkodra, Albania, is that both of them show widespread and massive flood scenes that have caused catastrophic damages.
Both Top Channel TV and the Shekulli newspaper are widely perceived by Albanians as one-sided, politically biased, often carrying the political agenda of Edi Rama, Tirana's mayor and the head of the opposition Socialist Party in Albania, which lost the general elections of June 2009. Such perceptions were also confirmed by the media monitoring of, and the report from, OSCE/ODIHR during the summer of 2009.
Edi Rama and the Socialist Party have contested the parliamentary election results of last June 28, 2009 and have boycotted the newly assembled Parliament. They have called for Prime Minister Sali Berisha, the head of the Democratic Party of Albania, to reopen the ballot boxes or else step down.
In the last few days, during the flooding in North-Western Albania, Edi Rama has been vocally criticizing the Albanian Government of the handling of the flood crises. He has even accused Sali Berisha of corruption-related agendas that caused the flooding. Rama has said that the current flooding is not a natural disaster, it is a disaster caused by mishandling and corruption, by bad governance.
Edi Rama's political posturing regarding the flooding crises and his perceived intent to capitalize it, by both presenting the flood and its effects in the worst light and also blaming the government for it, has been ecoed in the reporting of the flood from Top Channel, Shekulli, and that of some other media outlets as well.