No, Zee News Bulletin Did Not Claim India to Have Another Lockdown

The screenshot also claims that there will be a pause in air and train travel at that time as well.

Updated11 Jun 2020, 10:00 AM IST
WebQoof
3 min read

A screenshot of a bulletin of Zee News is doing the rounds on social media, claiming that after 15 June, another lockdown could be imposed in India. However, we found that this screenshot has been morphed and that the news channel hadn’t shown any such news.

CLAIM

No, Zee News Bulletin Did Not Claim India to Have Another Lockdown
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook)

According to the screenshot of what appears to be a news bulletin by Zee News, the Home Ministry has given signals that there is a possibility of another lockdown being imposed after 15 June.

The screenshot also says that air and train travel will once again stop. We found some people sharing the screenshot on Facebook.

An archived version of this post can be seen <a href="http://archive.is/Rfnjj">here</a>.
An archived version of this post can be seen here.
(Photo: Screenshot/Facebook)
An archived version of this post can be seen <a href="http://archive.is/qhlUC">here</a>.
An archived version of this post can be seen here.
(Photo: Screenshot/Facebook)
An archived version of this post can be seen <a href="http://archive.is/XEwgO">here</a>.
An archived version of this post can be seen here.
(Photo: Screenshot/Facebook)

WHAT WE FOUND

Despite several searches, we found no such news published by Zee News or any other established media outlet which spoke of a lockdown possibly being imposed all over India after 15 June.

Further, we compared photos of Zee News’ Breaking News bulletin and other templates and found no similarities with the screenshot in circulation. While the photo in circulation is maroon and white, Zee’s templates are generally white and bright red. Some photos which we found on their Twitter handle and website can be seen below.

No, Zee News Bulletin Did Not Claim India to Have Another Lockdown
(Photo: Twitter/Zee News)
No, Zee News Bulletin Did Not Claim India to Have Another Lockdown
(Photo: Screenshot/Zee News)

We have compiled several other breaking news templates of Zee News below, none of which look remotely like the screenshot in circulation. Not only were the colours different, the font used in the actual templates and the viral screenshot is also different.

No, Zee News Bulletin Did Not Claim India to Have Another Lockdown
(Source: Zee News/Altered by The Quint)

We also found a template which was similar to the one which has been morphed. The “Breaking News” and “Sabse Pehle” banner can be seen to be the same in both. The band at the bottom, red-white in colour, can also be seen to be the same from the sides.

What is different is the actual text of the breaking news and that the morphed screenshot has a band with more text imposed on the lower band.

The fake morphed screenshot (left), real screenshot of Zee News bulletin (right)
The fake morphed screenshot (left), real screenshot of Zee News bulletin (right)
(Source: Altered by The Quint)

Further, we found that Zee News had also called out the screenshot as fake on their own website in an article. According to them, they have not shown any such news on their channel and said that the photo is completely fake and photoshopped.

No, Zee News Bulletin Did Not Claim India to Have Another Lockdown
(Photo: Zee News/Screenshot)

(Update: The story has been updated to add a template, to show the difference between Zee’s breaking news format and the viral picture.)

Therefore, it is clear that Zee News had not run any such news and the ‘screenshot’ is fake.

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Published: 10 Jun 2020, 09:07 AM IST
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