Viral image of the alleged Dainik Bhaskar hoarding is actually digitally edited.

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A viral image of hoarding by reputed Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar ahead of UP election 2022 says,

“न मठ का महंत, न फेंकू संत ।”.

Translation: “Neither a monk, nor a boastful saint”. 

Some posts mentions,

“‘दमनकारी सरकार’ ने ‘दैनिक भाष्कर’ की आवाज़ दबाने की कोशिश की, फिर जो दैनिक भाष्कर ने किया वह आपके सामने है”.

Translation:The ‘ oppressive government ‘ tried to suppress the voice of ‘ Dainik Bhaskar ‘, then what Dainik Bhashkar did is before you”.

On July 22, 2021, Dainik Bhaskar faced an IT raid on its various locations across India. IT department had conducted searches at various locations of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi, Maharashtra and many more. The post went viral after the raid. It was first tweeted by a twitter user named ‘Diwakar Das’ who later deleted the same.

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Screenshot of the tweet of Diwakar Das

 

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It was even posted by Ambrish Singh Pushkar, a member of the Samajwadi Party.

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The viral image of the hoarding is edited. The hoarding was not set by Dainik Bhaskar.

We found an article written by News Nation in January 2020 that BJP puts up hoarding in Delhi. The article titles, “Desh Mange Narendra Modi, Dilli Mange Kejriwal: ‘BJP Member” Puts Up Hoarding In Delhi”. It seems that the same hoarding has been edited as it has a similar background.

The edited post also contains a watermark named ‘YogiJhoothaHai’. The Facebook post is shared such that it seems that the image is not correct.

We did a keyword search and received the result of numerous tweets and Facebook posts related to the same hoarding. We also got the result of some hoarding which Dainik Bhaskar had put in 2017 to market its website. Dainik Bhaskar has put the banner in Lucknow and UP elections in various cities.

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Disha Palkhiwala

Student of Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune