Representational Image: The Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe calling on the President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on November 23, 2017.(PIB)

Morphed ‘Hindu’ newspaper image shows Sri Lankan PM Ranil agreed to Tamil autonomy, Was it true?

Look at this image of The Hindu newspaper where an item with the headline, “Vote UNP for Tamil Eelam, Ranil agreed autonomy: PM Wijayakala” and the issue was dated July 11, 2012.

It claims the news item as one about Ranil Wickramsinghe promising Tamil Eealm autonomy, a highly controversial issue and the current PM who is Prime Minister since 2015 was recently sacked but he refused to budge, thus creating a constitutional crisis. Adding fuel to the row, the claim on Tamil autonomy has been making rounds on social media including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, bringing him under cloud for his shocking promise purportedly made in 2012.

A Google reverse image search has helped to located the date and original newspaper never carried the item. Secondly, the font used for this news item is different from the original Hindu newspaper’s font. Essentially, the item was superimposed on e-newspaper of The Hindu Chennai edition which goes along with the day’s other news. Here’s the actual newspaper on July 11, 2012 and the real news was entirely different as seen below:

This is the real newspaper with no piece on autonomy. (Hindu)

The fake news clip on a newspaper is aimed at spreading a wrong belief among the Tamil people of Sri Lanka that he had promised autonomy in 2012.  By this new fake newspaper image, detractors of Ranil tried to make a wrong impression about him.

Conclusion: Ranil Wickramsinghe never made a promise on autonomy as claimed in this super-imposed news item in The Hindu newspaper of July 11, 2012. Our rating of this news is ????? (Totally False).


About Arun Nag

Arun is with Digiteye India since the beginning as the main source for re-writing stories and for re-checking the facts and images. He writes on general and political issues. He can be reached at admin@digiteye.in or softmediahub@gmail.com

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