Austria's public broadcaster, ORF, is accused of staging a TV spot in which migrants specifically were helping flooding victims.
With flooding affecting many people in Europe this past week, and Austrian state broadcaster ORF was filming in the town of Schwäbisch Gmünd. It was there, that they are accused of co-opting the disaster to make migrants look good to counter negative news stories in Europe about migrant rapes.
According to Breitbart, migrants can be seen shoveling mud and debris that has been swept into the town.
However, city spokesman Markus Herrmann said the whole sequence was staged by ORF. It is alleged that they had requested to specifically film migrants cleaning up.
By the time ORF's filming had been completed, most of the clean up work had been done by the city's paid staff. Broken furniture and other debris, which was included in the footage, was left deliberately by city workers who planned to clean it up later.
Herrmann claims that migrant caregivers brought refugees down to the site where filming was taking place and ORF decided to reshoot scenes with migrants. “The fact is that real refugees have volunteered for the cleanup. Only that there was previously just no film footage of them,” Hermann said.
ORF is denying allegations and says camera crew did not belong to them.
City mayor Richard Arnold says the filming did not meet his approval and neither he or his deputies received a request from the TV crew.