El Pais removes photo after learning it’s not of Hugo Chavez

Oops, that’s not Hugo!


The BBC reports:

Hugo Chavez has not been seen in public since undergoing treatment for cancer in Cuba last month.

El Pais has withdrawn the photo from its website and collected copies of the first edition of Thursday’s paper from newsstands.

The paper said in a statement that it had obtained the image from a news agency but that it had not been able to independently verify the date, location or circumstances of the photo.

* Spain’s El Pais apologizes for false Hugo Chavez photo (bbc.co.uk)
* So much for El Pais’ “major international scoop” (news.yahoo.com)