German TV reporter was expelled after she was caught smearing herself in mud before filming
A German TV reporter has been fired after she was caught smearing herself in mud before filming a report in a flood-ravaged town this week.
Susanna Ohlin, 39, tripped over herself to pretend to have given a helping hand with clean-up efforts in the next Bad Munstereifel Heavy floods killed at least 128 people in Germany.
RTL.de published an article titled “Cleaning up after the flood: RTL presenter helps Bad Munstereifel”, featuring Ohlen.
She was arrested after a bystander posted a video condemning her online on Thursday.
The channel said: “Our reporter’s approach clearly contradicts journalistic principles and our standards. So we gave her leave on Monday after we heard about her.
RTL host Susanna Olin has been fired after she was caught smearing herself in mud before filming a report in a flood-ravaged town this week.
usanna Ohlen was caught smearing herself in mud before filming a report in the flood-ravaged town of Bad Munstereifel this week.
Susanna Ohlin, 39, pretends to have helped clean-up efforts in Bad Munstereifel after torrential floods that killed at least 128 people in Germany.
The footage appears to show Ohlin wearing a blue shirt, hat and shoes, bending over, picking up some mud and staining her clothes while surrounded by flood-damaged homes and debris.
Then she bends down a second time, this time wiping her face with the mud.
The headmistress can be heard laughing in the background and then returns to face the camera crew.
Ohlen has worked at RTL since 2008 and has presented Good Evening RTL, Good Morning Germany and Point 12 among others.
Ohlen has worked at RTL since 2008 and has presented Good Evening RTL, Good Morning Germany and Point 12 among others
The footage appears to show Ohlin wearing a blue shirt, hat and shoes, bending over, picking up some mud and staining her clothes while surrounded by homes wrecked by floods and debris.
Ohlen then appears to bend over for a second time, this time wiping mud across her face, before returning to the camera to shoot the clip
It comes after Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France were hit by days of heavy rain and food last week.
The floods have so far claimed at least 196 lives in the worst-hit Germany and Belgium, and are expected to cause billions of euros in damage.
In the Arweiler region of the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the number of recorded deaths has exceeded 110 and police fear that this number will continue to rise.
In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, 46 people were confirmed dead, including four firefighters, while Belgium confirmed 31 deaths.
Desperate relatives posted pictures of missing loved ones over the weekend as floodwaters receded and hope of finding survivors faded.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian King Philip and Queen Mathilde visited the disaster area.
Residents of Ahrweiler, western Germany, began cleaning up after heavy rains caused mudslides and floods in the area.
Residents survey the damage caused by days of heavy rain and flooding in Beppenster, Belgium, on Saturday.
Wrecked cars and trucks are submerged on the B265 federal highway in Irfstadt, Germany
A view of the ruined houses in Erwistadt-Blesim, Germany, which were destroyed after the ground beneath them collapsed into a nearby gravel pit.
Workers clean up a damaged street after floods caused extensive damage in Schojeld, near Bad Neuenahr-Aroweiler.
A resident walks during the disaster caused by flash floods in Bad Muenstrifel, Germany, on Sunday morning.