Fact Check: Edited Photo Of Hoarding Viral As Dainik Bhaskar Targeting BJP After IT Raid

An image of a hoarding has gone viral on social media claiming that Hindi Daily Dainik Bhaskar took a dig at Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), Uttar Pradesh and at the Central Government. The image was shared after the Income Tax Department conducted raids at the offices of the Dainik Bhaskar Group for alleged tax evasion. 

The text on the viral hoarding translates to, “Neither a monk nor a lying saint. Only truth shall prevail, the news will not be suppressed nor stopped in UP.”

(Original Text: ना मठ का महंत ना फेंकू संत, अब चलेगा केवल सच यूपी में खबरें न दबेंगी, न रुकेगी) 

The post is shared on Facebook with a caption that translates to, “The ‘oppressive government’ tried to suppress the voice of ‘Dainik Bhaskar’, then what Dainik Bhaskar did is before you.”

(Original Text: ‘दमनकारी सरकार’ ने ‘दैनिक भाष्कर’ की आवाज़ दबाने की कोशिश की, फिर जो दैनिक भाष्कर ने किया वह आपके सामने है)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE. 

Doing a Reverse Image Search directed us to a Facebook post dated July 2021 that carried the same viral image. The caption of the post suggests that the image is not real. The caption of the post reads, “The ‘oppressive government’ tried to suppress the voice of ‘Dainik Bhaskar’, then what Dainik Bhaskar would want to do is in front of you.” (Translated from Hindi).

We searched the web with relevant keywords to find any such hoarding put up by Dainik Bhaskar but could not find any. Though, we did find several similar images with similar captions targeting SP and BSP. 

Searching further we found news articles published in 2020 that carried the original image that could have been edited to create the viral image. 

Below is the comparison of the viral image and the original image. As we can see, there are many similarities between the two images.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that an edited image of a hoarding is being shared as Dainik Bhaskar targeting BJP in Uttar Pradesh. 


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