The Colombian government doctored footage of President Petro visiting the UN to increase applause

<p>In order to change the ovation that President Gustavo Petro got during his address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Colombian government altered a video.</p>
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After reviewing the footage, The Associated Press was able to confirm that it had been doctored. Applause for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who spoke before Petro, was included in the audio made public by the presidential office, giving the impression that Petro was the target of the cheers.</p>
<p>The Colombian website La Silla Vaca broke the story on the manipulation first.</p>
<p>AP contacted the presidential office for comment but received no response by late Friday afternoon.</p>
<p>The last portion of the film, which was uploaded on Thursday to the government’s YouTube page, differs from what was shown in the U.N. footage even though Petro did get applause. It has a different shot from the first broadcast and what was reported in the media, giving the impression that more people cheered Petro after his address.</p>
<p>Given that there were numerous vacant seats in the General Assembly during Petro’s address, social media users and the media questioned the authenticity of the footage.</p>
<p>The identical applause that the Colombian government video shows Petro receiving is audible at 1:52:39 in the official U.N. broadcast, but it comes at the conclusion of Biden’s speech.</p>
<p>The U.N. video also depicts the identical moment as the one in the footage published by Colombia’s presidential office, in which three males in the seventh row simultaneously rise up and a lady moves toward the stage while passing by the seats.</p>
<p>In a shot taken by AP photographer Richard Drew during Petro’s address, it can be seen that just three of the twelve seats in the seventh row were occupied. All those seats seem to be filled in the altered footage that the Colombian government provided.</p>
<p>At least 145 leaders of state and government from across the world attended this year’s U.N. General Assembly, including Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Biden, and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.</p>
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