Raghav Chopra who is a Journalist with CNN-IBN tweeted an image of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which Modi was appearing to touch the feet of some Saudi King. His tweet which has now been deleted from his account stated “ Will someone tell what’s Modi Ji doing in Saudi? Can’t be what it looks like surely.”
Nobody tried to inquire about the photograph right after it was posted but BJP MP Maheish Girri was among the first of the people who raised a furore on Twitter. They disclosed that the picture was forged and they also posted the original picture of Modi in which he was touching the feet of Advani as a mark of respect.
So @ibnlive editor photoshops image of @narendramodi ji wid sole intention of dfaming him. Hatred overriding ethics? pic.twitter.com/RgwPDK5I8D
— Maheish Girri (@MaheishGirri) April 3, 2016
The Bharatiya Janata Party has finally filed a complaint against the journalist Raghav Chopra for “misleading general public by fake photographs image” (sic).
As committed, we have filed a complaint at the Cyber Cell against @AarSee for tweeting morphed images of PM Modi pic.twitter.com/pbyGkdyuFz
— Arvind Gupta (@buzzindelhi) April 4, 2016
WHAT? @buzzindelhi Complaint filed for this morphed image which has been in circulation since ever? LOL @AarSee pic.twitter.com/LvPmztkerM
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) April 4, 2016
Dear Shri @MaheishGirri Ji, I have instructed @MIB_India to review the violations.Will seek help of @rsprasad Ji too https://t.co/Sci1ewtr1E
— Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) April 3, 2016
Priya bhakto "can't be what it looks like" means there's something fishy in the image. Unsurprisingly you lot can't understand basic English
— Raghav Chopra (@RaghavChopra_) April 3, 2016
I apologise to everyone concerned for this unfortunate error on my part.
— Raghav Chopra (@RaghavChopra_) April 4, 2016
The Minister of State I&B tweeted to his ministry’s official twitter account to review the violations by the journalist.
The journalist tried to explain that he was only questioning the authenticity of the image. Although first he trolled the officials for not understanding the basic English but later he realised the gravity of the situation and apologised for his post.
Raghav’s organisation CNN IBN also apologised for his post.
The organisation was not aware of this unfortunate lapse of judgement. We apologise to everyone for this confusion & deeply regret the error
— News18 (@CNNnews18) April 4, 2016
The photograph posted by the journalist was a photoshopped picture of Narendra Modi and it went viral in no time.
#PakiCONgress uses photoshop images of our PM @narendramodi Ji just to malign his image. pic.twitter.com/JProWp1Eht
— Dr Anish Kumar (@draksbond) December 5, 2015
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5 March, 2016
Avni S. Singh