A German TV reporter was fired after she was caught smearing herself in mud before filming a report in a flood-ravaged city this week.
Susanna Ohlen, 39, clouded herself to pretend she had lent a hand cleaning up in Bad Munstereifel after severe flooding that has claimed at least 128 lives in Germany.
RTL.de had published an article entitled ‘Cleaning up after the flood: RTL presenter lends a hand in Bad Munstereifel’, which featured Ohlen.
She was caught after an onlooker posted the incriminating video online on Thursday.
The station said: “Our reporter’s approach clearly contradicts journalistic principles and our own standards. That’s why we gave her leave on Monday after we heard about it.’
RTL presenter Susanna Ohlen was fired after she was caught smearing herself in the mud before filming a report this week in a flood-ravaged town
usanna Ohlen was caught smearing herself in mud before filming a report this week in the flood-ravaged town of Bad Munstereifel
Susanna Ohlen, 39, clouded herself to pretend she had lent a hand in cleaning up Bad Munstereifel after severe flooding that claimed at least 128 lives in Germany
Footage appears to show Ohlen in a blue shirt, hat and boots, bending over, picking up some mud and smearing it on her clothes while surrounded by flood-damaged houses and rubble.
She then bends down a second time, this time wiping the mud from her face.
The viewer can be heard laughing in the background as she then turns to face her camera crew.
Ohlen worked at RTL since 2008 and presented Good Evening RTL, Good Morning Germany and Point 12, among others.
Ohlen worked at RTL since 2008 and presented, among others, Good Evening RTL, Good Morning Germany and Point 12
Footage appears to show Ohlen in a blue shirt, hat and boots, bending over, picking up some mud and smearing it on her clothes while surrounded by flood-damaged homes and debris
Ohlen then appears to duck a second time, this time wiping the mud from her face, before returning to the camera to film the clip.
It comes after Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France were hit last week by days of rain and food.
The floods have now claimed at least 196 lives in the worst hit Germany and Belgium and are expected to cause billions of euros in damage.
In the Ahrweiler area of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in West Germany, the number of recorded deaths has passed 110 and police fear that number will rise.
In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, 46 people have died, including four firefighters, while Belgium has confirmed 31 victims.
Desperate relatives released photos of missing loved ones this weekend as the water receded, fading hopes of finding survivors.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belgium’s King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde have all visited the disaster area.
Residents in Ahrweiler, West Germany, begin cleaning up after heavy rains sparked mudslides and flooding in the region
Residents look at damage caused by days of torrential rain and flooding in Pepinster, Belgium on Saturday
Wrecked cars and trucks are flooded on the B265 federal highway in Erftstadt, Germany
A view of ruined houses in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany, which were destroyed after the ground below collapsed in a nearby gravel pit
Workers clear up a destroyed street after flooding wreaks havoc in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
A resident trudges through the disaster caused by flash flooding in the German zone of Bad Münstereifel on Sunday morning