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The Images Of Moving Lions Are From Gujarat Not From Chennai Or Egypt Or Kenya

A set of images, along with an audio clip, is being circulated on WhatsApp groups. The clip claims that a group of lions has entered a container at Kattupalli Port in Chennai. The clip appeals to stay safe.

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A set of images, along with an audio clip, is being circulated on WhatsApp groups. The clip claims that a group of lions has entered a container at Kattupalli Port in Chennai. The clip appeals to stay safe.

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We were tagged to fact check this claim on our WhatsApp number. The WhatsApp forward as stated claims that a group of lions has entered a container at Kattupalli Port in Chennai’s Kattupalli. The forward consists of a set of images and an audio clip. The set of images contains 9 images out of which 4 show a lion wandering around containers, one shows a group of lions moving in the backdrop of containers and the remaining 4 suggests that youth was attacked by the same lion. We began to fact check the images from the set one by one.

Fact-Checking the 5 images showing a group of lions wandering around containers:

As we began to check the images of a group of lions wandering around containers, we found that the images are being circulated not just in India but in other countries as well. For instance, a tweet made by a verified news and media portal claimed that the lions are spotted in Kenya after which a Facebook page that goes with the name ‘Kenya Wildlife Service’ and addresses itself as a Government Organization has posted a clarification on this issue. The Facebook post reads, “We have noted the online circulation of false reports and pictures of a lioness and cubs sighted at the Inland Container Depot (ICDC) near Nairobi National Park. We have since established that the pictures and reports were taken in India and not in #Kenya as reported. We are therefore informing the public to disregard the images and reports. For emergency, support calls our toll free number on 0800 597000.”

Similarly, We also found a tweet by Dennis Itumbi who is a journalist. Dennis’ tweet has called out a Kenya-based media outlet namely ‘The Standard Digital’ for spreading misinformation.

We also found a report published by an Egyptian website that clarifies that the viral images of a lion wandering around containers at a port do not belong to an Egyptian port namely ‘Alexandria Port’ as similar images have gone viral in Egypt as well.

In Pics: Know Truth Behind Wandering Lions in Alex Port – Sada El balad

Reda Ghandour, Alexandria Port Authority spokesman denied what has been circulated via social media platforms “Facebook”

Since, the Facebook post made by Kenya Wildlife Service suggests that the images belong to India, we customized our search process and began our investigation on viral images.

As we reverse search one of the images, we found a tweet by Dhanraj Nathwani who is vice president of Gujarat Cricket Association. In his tweet, Nathwani demands the tracking and monitoring of lion population in revenue areas of Gujarat’s Gir forest.

When we searched further, we found a report published by Times Of India that suggests that on February 11, 2020, workers of Port Pipavav’s railway yard in Rajkot spotted lions moving in the backdrop of containers.

Lion pride strolls in Port Pipavav’s railway yard | Rajkot News – Times of India

Video grab of lions moving in the backdrop of containers on Tuesday Rajkot: Workers at Port Pipavav, managed by APM Terminals, are a scared lot these days. While lions are frequently spotted on the road towards the port, the wild cats are now seen strolling around the jetty and railway yard where big containers are stacked.

After reading the report published by Times Of India, we continued our investigation for more information. During our search, we also found a report published by news outlet ‘Patrika’ that backs the Times of India report.

बंदरगाह देखने पूरी पलटन लेकर पहुंचा शेर, रिहायशी इलाके में जंगल के राजा को देख लोगों के उड़े होश

Lion Spotted : शेर-शेरनी समेत दो बच्चे साथ आए नजर अमरेली के पास पीपीवाव पोर्ट पर खुलेआम टहलते हुए दिखाई दिया शेरों का झुंड नई दिल्ली। जंगल के राजा शेर (lion) को देखते ही लोग गश खाकर गिर पड़ते हैं। ऐसे में अगर उनका पूरा परिवार ही आपकी आंखों के

We further searched YouTube for more information and we found multiple videos that support the report published by Times Of India and Partrika.

We also have many similar videos in which lions can be seen moving around Port Pipavav.

We also found a YouTube channel namely ‘GirIndiaFilms HD’ that uploads many such videos.

Hence it is evident from our posts that the viral images in which group of lions can be seen moving in the backdrop of containers do not belong to Chennai’s Kattupalli port but Gujarat’s Port Pipavav.

Now, we tried searching the remaining 4 images in the WhatsApp forward in which youth can be seen lying wounded, his right arm can also be seen severely injured. We first performed reverse image search but we didn’t find any authentic information to corroborate. Then we searched further and found a report published by a website that contains both lions’ and injured youth’s images. The report claims that the lions were spotted in Chennai which has been found to be ‘Misleading’ in our investigation above.

கண்டெய்னர் வழியா துறைமுகத்துக்குள்ள சிங்கம் வந்து… ஒருத்தன கடிச்சு குதறிடிச்சுன்னு கத வுட்டீங்களேய்யா?!

கடந்த சில நாட்களாக வாட்ஸ் அப் உள்ளிட்ட சமூகத் தளங்களில் துறைமுகத்துக்குள் சிங்கங்கள் புகுந்து அங்கிருந்தவரைக் கடித்துக் குதறியாக படங்கள் பகிரப்பட்டு வந்தன. இது பலருக்கும் அதிர்ச்சியையும் அச்சத்தையும் ஏற்படுத்தியது. இந்நிலையில் இது சமூக விரோதிகளின் செயல் என்று விளக்கம் அளித்துள்ளது காவல்துறை. சென்னை காட்டுப்பள்ளி துறைமுகத்திற்குள் வெளிநாட்டு கண்டெய்னர் வழியாக சிங்கங்கள் வந்தன என்று வாட்ஸ் ஆப் வாயிலாக பரப்பப்படும் செய்தி வெறும் வதந்தியே என காவல் துறையினர் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.

We searched for more information on people killed by lions in Gujarat’s Port Pipavav but media reports didn’t suggest any such causality in the current and past month.

We are still searching for more information on these viral images. We will update our article as soon as we get any authentic information. However, this is established in our fact check that the claim of a group of lions spotted moving at Chennai’s Kattupalli Port is ‘Misleading’ as they were moving in the backdrop of containers at Port Pipavav in Gujarat. 

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  • Reverse Image Search

Result: Misleading

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Did Qatar cancel all Air India flights under Vande Bharat Mission? No, it’s a false claim

An image which states that Qatar cancelled all Air India flights under Vande Bharat Mission is false.

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An image we received on our Whatsapp verification number claims “Qatar cancelled all Air India Flights Under Vande Bharat Mission.” See the image below. 

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The above image also claims that earlier Air India got exemptions from their airport charges on account of Vande Bharat being an evacuation mission. Later, on realising that passengers paid 700 riyals for these tickets, they cancelled all the flights. 

We found similar messages being circulated on Facebook and Twitter, examples below. 

What an image we build !!

Người đăng: Shrikant Prabhu vào Thứ Sáu, 15 tháng 5, 2020

You can view another example here

Through a keyword search we came across a clarification on the official Twitter page of the Embassy of India Doha, Qatar. It denied the rumour by stating that a flight was cancelled due to technical reasons. And is being rescheduled for 12 May. 

A subsequent tweet on 11 May by the Embassy of India, Doha expressed that a few media channels were making a baseless claim about flight IX-374 from Doha to Thiruvananthapuram was cancelled because of differences over landing and handling charges. None of it is true. 

Conclusion

We found the claim in the image which states that Qatar cancelled all Air India flights under Vande Bharat Mission to be false. 

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  • Twitter advanced search 

Result: False 

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Photograph Taken in 1985 Shared on Social Media in the Backdrop of COVID-19 Pandemic

A photograph is being widely shared on social media, which shows a woman holding a child in her hands, claiming that this picture was taken before the mother succumbed to the novel coronavirus in Italy.

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A Facebook user shared a photograph of a woman holding a child her in her hands claiming that this picture was taken before the mother succumbed to the novel coronavirus in Italy.

बेटे से माँ की जुदाई…है भगवान हर माँ की रक्षा करों !इटली की महिला कोरोना की तीसरी और आखरी स्टेज में थी सामने उनका 18…

Người đăng: Subham Chouhan Lalla Bhaiya vào Thứ Ba, 21 tháng 4, 2020

The caption of the viral image, when translated to English, reads, ‘Such a disheartening incident. Female Corona patient in Italy was in the third stage and her 18-month-old child was crying a lot. The patient expressed her last wish that she wanted to hug her child once. The doctors covered her entire body, and as she holds the child, the child stopped crying, but the mother succumbed to the coronavirus.’

We found that the photograph was being shared on Facebook and Twitter with identical claims.

Several readers sent the viral pictures to Newschecker’s WhatsApp helpline number for verification.

Fact Check

With the help of reverse image search, we found the same image in Magnum Photos. The image viral on social media was clicked in 1985 at a cancer treatment centre in Seattle, USA by photojournalist Burt Glinn, before the baby’s bone marrow transplant and has no connection with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The caption of the image reads, “USA, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 1985. Fred Hutchinson CancerCenter- Infant inside Laminar AirFlow Room protection from infection. The child has been irradiated prior to marrow transplant.”

We also found that the original photograph clicked by Burt Glinn is vertical, and one can see the mother in a standing position with her hands and face inserted into the laminar airflow box, whereas the image viral on social media is in a horizontal position. You can see the comparison here:

Conclusion

It is clear from our fact check that the photograph viral on social media, which shows a woman holding a child in her hands, is neither from Italy nor does it has any connection with coronavirus pandemic. The image was taken in 1985 at a cancer treatment center in Seattle, USA, by photojournalist Burt Glinn before the baby’s bone marrow transplant.

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  • Google Reverse Image Search
  • Google Search

Result: Misleading

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COVID-19 Patients Are Not Being Segregated On The Basis Of Religion; Media Outlets Falsely Report

Since the government has denied the allegations of segregation of COVID-19 patients on the basis of religion and the doctor whom the outlets claim to have spoken, alleges

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News outlets such as The Hindu, The New Indian Express, and others claimed that the COVID-19 patients in Gujarat are being segregated on the basis of religion at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. The reports published by media outlets were further amplified by several verified and prominent Twitter handles.

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As it is rightly said, the world is fighting a pandemic and an ‘Infodemic’, Indian media is justifying the statement in its truest sense. In the past few days, cases of misreporting by media outlets have seen a spike, besides a strict warning by the Supreme Court. Indian media was recently criticized for the religious profiling of COVID-19 cases in India but even that could not stop the media from reporting COVID-19 cases on the basis of the religion. 

The latest outlet to join the communal cacophony of Indian media is ‘The Hindu’ which is otherwise known for its quality journalism. The paper tried to undo the damage though by removing the ‘Hindu/Muslim’ words from its report after realizing they had misreported on the matter. 

The Hindu on 15th April carried a report titled ‘COVID-19 patients segregated on the basis of religion at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, according to reports’. The report carried by ‘The Hindu’ is based on the alleged segregation of COVID-19 patients at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. The report was later updated and certain changes were made to the report. 

Here’s what was in the initial report and what all changes were made to the report.

Note: ‘Red’ color stands for words removed in the updated report and ‘Green’ color for words added.

An archived version of the first updates report can be found here.

An archived version of the updated report can be found here.

Interestingly, the aforementioned ‘The Hindu’ report was updated within a few minutes after publishing. The original version of the above-mentioned report is not available on the web and it is nowhere specified in the report what was updated and when.

Another news outlet The Indian Express, which has a history of publishing reports through unverified sources, made the same claim as that by ‘The Hindu’.

An archived version of the first updated version of The Indian Express report can be found here.

The latest version of The Indian Express report can be found here.

The Indian Express in its report claims to have spoken to the Medical Superintendent of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital namely ‘Dr. Gunvant H Rathod’. The report further claims that Dr. Rathod told the publication, “Generally, there are separate wards for male and female patients. But here, we have made separate wards for Hindu and Muslim patients. (On being asked about the reason Dr. Rathod said) It is a decision of the government and you can ask them.”

The aforementioned report further claims that there are almost 150 COVID patients in the hospital, out of which, at least 40 belong to the Muslim community.

The report published by The Indian Express was further amplified by many prominent journalists and politicians such as Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, TMC MP Mohua Mitra, India Today Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and his journalist wife Sagarika Ghosh, Rana Ayyub, Kavita Krishnan, Prashant Bhushan, Sanjay Singh, Saba Naqvi, Swati Chaturvedi, Shama Mohamed, Alfons Lopez Tena, moneycontrol, Smitha Nair, Nirjhari Sinha, National Herald, Mitali Saran, Ali, Real Report, Ashok Swain, Man Aman Singh Chhina, Tarek Fatah, Jignesh Mevani, Ajit Anjum, Isaac Chotiner, Swaraj India, Khaled Beydoun, Lt Gen H S Panag (Retired), Seema Chishti, Rakesh Sharma, GK Zhimomi, Muzamil Jaleel, Kawalpreet Kaur, Karuna Nundy, Pooja Pillai, Snehesh Alex Philip, Avinash Dutt, Spandan Srivastava, Vimlendu Jha, Saif Ullah Khan, Omar R Quraishi, Niraj Bhatia, Bumbai Ki Rani, Paranjoy Guha Thakurata, Nishita Jha, Zafar Sareshwala, Suresh Mathew, Parmesh Shahani, Faraz Arif Ansari, Dushyant, Liz Mathew, Aamer Javeed and Debasish Roy.

We searched the social media accounts of the concerned hospital and we found the statement of the doctor, The Indian Express claims to have spoken to, has alleged that the outlet has misquoted him.

The statement of the doctor can be viewed below.

When we searched further, we found a tweet by the official Twitter handle of The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom where the body has condemned the segregation of the patients on the basis of religion.

Replying to the aforementioned tweet, Anurag Srivastava who is the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, India, has suggested that the USCIRF  ‘stop adding religious color to India’s national goal of fighting the COVID 19 pandemic.’

Additionally, we found a tweet made by the Gujarat arm of Press Information Bureau which has denied the allegations levied against the concerned hospital.

Similarly, in a tweet, the Department of Information in Gujarat,, rubbished the claims of segregation of COVID-19 patients on the basis of religion. 

The Health & Family Welfare Department of the Gujarat Government has also clarified the issue in a Twitter thread.

Since the government has denied the allegations of segregation of COVID-19 patients on the basis of religion and the doctor whom the outlets claim to have spoken, alleges to be misquoted, here’s a list of questions that make the report carried by the two news outlets look suspicious.

  1. If Dr. Rathod said that the segregation is taking place on the orders issued by the government, did the outlets try to ask for a copy of the order? If yes, did they get the same? If yes, why was the copy of the order not mentioned in the report?
  2. The Indian Express claims to have spoken to Dr. Rathod and some of the patients as well, is there a video/audio proof for the same? If yes, why is the same not mentioned in any of the updated versions of the report? Since the Government has denied the acknowledgment of any segregation on the basis of religion, the best practice would be to produce the proofs of the conversations which according to the outlet took place inside the hospital.
  3. The Indian Express claims to have spoken to the district magistrate of Ahmedabad and the Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat and both have categorically denied the acknowledgment of any such segregation. Now, since the outlet has not been able to produce a copy of the order, how did the outlet reach the conclusion that segregation has taken place based on an order issued by the government?
  4. In the report published by ‘The Hindu’, the outlet has mentioned that the said information was provided by a special correspondent, why did the outlet not ask for the proof of testimony of the patients or the statement made by the ‘anonymous doctor’ it has mentioned in the report?

Basis the statement of Dr. Rathod of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital and a clear denial of several government bodies, we reached the conclusion that the two outlets mentioned above, published a ‘False’ report which was later amplified by several verified Twitter handles. Also it is noteworthy that despite being called out by the government, both ‘The Hindu’ and ‘The Indian Express’, in spite of adding proofs to their respective reports, have merely updated the reports by adding the government’s denial. 

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  • Twitter Advanced Search

Result: False

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