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Taiwan TV station apologizes for using COVID-19 virus image edited on South Korean flag

A Taiwanese cable television network issued an apology on Tuesday after airing a superimposed image of a COVID-19 virus on the South Korean flag.

TVBS aired the modified image during the network’s March 16 airing of an episode of its “Focus Global News” program that reported on the rising number of COVID-19 cases in South Korea.

Several South Korean media, including SBS TV, Chosun Ilbo and the Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company, noticed the altered image and responded with their disapproval. TVBS posted an apology on its official website in Korean and Chinese.

“We want to convey our deepest apologies to the people of South Korea for the mishandling of the program. The problematic image has been removed and we have engaged in internal self-examination and improvement,” TVBS said.

Featured image via TVBS YouTube

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