On a public Facebook group, a member shared an image supposedly showing the newspaper’s front page for 15 August 2019.
The headline read: “Top Kenyans to face US trial over Akasha drugs.” A photo showed Mombasa county governor Hassan Joho and Cherangani member of parliament Joshua Kutuny.
This same photo was shared on Twitter by prominent lawyer Miguna Miguna.
According to a report on the Daily Nation’s web site, also published 15 August 2019, the United States wanted to extradite “top Kenyans” for “drugs-related charges”, including judges, a former security official, and a well-known lawyer. But these individuals were not named.
The report only named “former Mombasa-based drug lords Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha”.
So were Joho and Kutuny on the Daily Nation’s front page the same day? We checked.
A post on Daily Nation’s official Facebook page shows the newspaper’s front page on 15 August 2019, without any photos of Joho and Kutuny. Neither were they in the physical paper, which Africa Check scanned.
Instead, the front page carried a photo of a man drinking water. The photo was promoting a story about a polluted river scheduled to run the next day.
The Daily Nation’s front page was faked before, in March 2019. The publisher debunked the fake headline by publishing it on Facebook with the original front page for comparison. – Grace Gichuhi
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