17:58 GMT24 June 2021
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    CNN apologized Friday for mistakenly parading Russian President Vladimir Putin’s image in its Who-is-Jihadi-John report. The blooper happened as the world media raced to identify the Islamic State killer nicknamed Jihadi John.

    Thursday’s report by Max Foster from the London office of CNN International was supposed to reveal the identity of Jihadi John, a young British man who is believed to have executed a number of Islamic State hostages.

    Yet, as his report was going into its fourth minute, the on-air gallery depicting a masked man in black robes with a knife in his hand gave way to the image of the Russian president.

    СNN called the incident a technical failure.

    “Due to a failure of a video server during today’s breaking news broadcast, a photo of Vladimir Putin, prepared for our next report, was accidentally shown. We apologize for that mistake,” a channel spokesman said.


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