Weekly Wrap: Misinformation On Anti-Hijab Protests in Iran, Cricketer David Miller, & More – Newschecker

From nude anti-hijab protests in Amsterdam being shared as Iran to fake news of South African cricketer’s “daughter” dying of cancer, here are the 5 fact checks that Newschecker debunked this past week:

Woman Protesting Topless In Iran? No, Viral Video Is From Amsterdam

As protests against the Iran government’s hijab rules continue to rage, spilling over from Iran to several other parts of the world, social media users in India are sharing the video of a young woman protesting topless, addressing a crowd, purportedly in Iran. Users sharing the video drew comparison between the ‘Iranian woman protesting naked’ and the Indian Muslim women who insisted on wearing a the hijab. Read more here

David Miller’s Daughter Died Of Cancer? No, Cricketer’s ‘Biggest Fan’ Misidentified As His Daughter.

The thrill-filled South Africa’s tour of India has kept the cricket fans occupied over the past couple of weeks. Protean batsman David Miller amassed social media and news outlets’ attention the previous week after he smashed 106 runs in just 47 balls. Now, the South African cricketer is making headlines again, after a social media post where he paid an emotional tribute to “little rockstar.” Miller shared a video featuring a series of photographs of him with a young girl with the caption “RIP you little rockstar…Love you always!”. While users shared the post claiming that the young girl seen in the post was Miller’s daughter, Newschecker has found that the child was one of his best fans and not his daughter. Read more here

Image Of Photographer Sprawled On The Ground Taking PM Modi’s Picture Is Edited

A photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone viral, in which you can see a photographer clicking a picture of the PM, while lying on the ground. Social media users have been mocking the photo, saying that being a photographer of the PM is a taxing job, ranging from 18-20 hours a day for all 365 days of the year. Read more here.

Empty Chairs At PM Modi’s Gujarat Rally? Post-Event Video Shared Out Of Context

Gujarat has become one of the most politically charged places in the country, with high-profile politicians – from PM Modi to Delhi CM Kejriwal- touring the state to garner public support ahead of the assembly elections. PM Modi recently concluded a three-day-tour of the state, during which he addressed a number of rallies and roadshows and inaugurated several development projects. It is in this backdrop that a video is going viral on social media platforms, showing vacant chairs at what appears to be a public rally venue, while the PM’s speech is being telecasted in the background. Read more here

Viral Newspaper Clipping Of Gujarati Scientist Barred From US Garba Venue Is From a 2018 Incident

A newspaper clipping regarding an incident at a garba venue is going viral, close on the heels of multiple news reports of communal tensions flaring up in Gujarat when Hindu groups allegedly checked identity cards to ensure that Muslims did not enter garba venues – the traditional dance events held during the Navratri festival. The recently concluded Navratri days spanned from September 26 to October 5 in 2022. Read more here.

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