Ursula von der Leyen – Coronavirus: Pandemic politics and photos of unmasked politicians | NRS-Import | DW
Each DW’s German and Turkish departments reported on the latest journey by Overseas Minister Heiko Maas to Turkey. In a single photograph printed by DW, Maas and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, had been carrying masks to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus; in one other photograph, they weren’t. As a result of they had been standing towards an an identical background and their posture was the identical, there was hypothesis on-line that the pictures had been manipulated.The reality was that they had been totally different photographs — taken at totally different moments by totally different editorial groups on the similar occasion.
It has turn into widespread apply for politicians to briefly take away their masks simply earlier than making statements — supplied that social distancing tips are noticed and correct air flow is maintained.
Alexandra von Nahmen, the top of DW’s Brussels studio, stated that had been her expertise, although most press conferences happen nearly these days. When in-person occasions do happen, she stated, everybody adheres to tips for masking and social distancing. “When Ursula von der Leyen has a press release to present, or inquiries to reply, she solely takes her masks off when she’s straight in entrance of the microphone, when she begins to talk,” she stated, utilizing the president of the European Fee as a an instance. “The press crew makes certain that all the guidelines are adhered to right here.”
Visible journalists don’t inform politicians whether or not to put on masks or not, stated Peer Grimm, the top of the photograph division at DPA, the German press company. Editors additionally don’t require photojournalists to return from assignments with photos of politicians not carrying masks. “We as company journalists attempt to mirror actuality,” Grimm stated. “When is a politician carrying a masks and when is a politician not carrying a masks? We’re solely attempting to indicate what’s taking place.” He stated there was no particulr kind of picture that carried out higher with purchasers, both. “It relies upon strongly on the context through which the image was taken,” he stated. “For instance, months in the past, when Well being Minister Jens Spahn continued to put on his masks incorrectly, that after all was newsworthy. In that case our clients, for essentially the most half, needed these photographs.”
‘Maintain your distance’
At a gathering in Brussels in December, von der Leyen appeared to highschool British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on correct masks carrying.
“Maintain distance,” von der Leyen advised Johnson earlier than they took their masks off for pictures. “We have now to place it again on,” she stated.
“We have now to place it again on instantly?” Johnson requested.
“We have now to place it again on,” von der Leyen stated.
“You run a decent ship, Ursula,” Johnson stated as they pulled their masks again on. “Fairly proper, too.”
This text has been tailored from German.