Complaint Against CNN-IBN Journo Who Tweeted Morphed Image of Modi

BJP files complaint against journalist who tweeted a morphed image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Updated
India
2 min read
Advani was replaced with the photograph of Saudi king in the morphed image. (Photo: Twitter/@<a href="https://twitter.com/MaheishGirri?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">MaheishGirri)</a>

Here’s how an innocuous forward can get you into serious trouble with the BJP:

Raghav Chopra, a journalist with CNN-IBN, tweeted an image of Modi appearing to touch the feet of a Saudi king. His tweet which has now been deleted asked “Will someone tell what’s Modi ji doing in Saudi? Can’t be what it looks like surely.”

Screengrab of the contentious tweet. (Photo Courtesy: <a href="https://twitter.com/MaheishGirri/status/716632920614502400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">Twitter/@MaheishGirri</a>)
Screengrab of the contentious tweet. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@MaheishGirri)

BJP MP Maheish Girri was among the first to raise a furore on Twitter. He even posted the original photograph which shows Modi reaching out to touch Advani’s feet as a mark of respect.

The BJP has now filed a complaint against the the journalist for “misleading general public by fake photographs image” (sic).

Minister of State, I&B was quick on the uptake and tweeted to his ministry’s official account to review the violations by Raghav Chopra.

Meanwhile, trolls exploded on Raghav Chopra’s timeline as he tried to clarify that he was only questioning the authenticity of the image, not circulating it to attack the Prime Minister.

But had to apologise when he realised the gravity of the situation.

Raghav Chopra’s apology was followed by one from his organisation.

The picture that was tweeted by the journalist was actually a Photoshopped image that went viral and was even picked up by WikiNewsIndia earlier this year.

The above tweet that talks about the Photoshopped photo dates as far back as 5 December 2015.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

Published: 
Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!