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Covid-19 funds stolen? No, front page of Uganda’s New Vision newspaper doctored

“ALL THE MONEY THAT WAS COLLECTED BY TASK FORCE TO FIGHT COVID-19 WAS STOLEN,” reads the headline of what seems to be the front page of the 17 September 2020 edition of Uganda’s New Vision newspaper.

Data from CrowdTangle, Facebook’s public insights tool, shows that the front page image has been shared hundreds of times, prompting thousands of reactions.

Africa Check has previously debunked a photoshopped version of a New Vision front page. Is this one real, or another fake? We checked.

‘Breakthrough treatment for Covid-19’

The headline is uncharacteristic of New Vision’s style, with the text squeezed and a bit smaller than the daily’s typical front page headline. And just above the main picture there’s a hint that the page was edited and the text inserted. 

A search of the New Vision epaper portal found the real 17 September 2020 front page – with a different headline.

It reads: “MULAGO STARTS BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENT FOR COVID-19.” The paper has also posted the real front page for 17 September on its verified Facebook page. – Grace Gichuhi


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