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‘Ruto has closed taps’? No, Kenya’s Star newspaper photoshopped

“Is Ruto broke?” asks the headline of what seems to be the front page of the 23 November 2020 issue of the Star newspaper, in an image posted several times on Facebook in Kenya.

Text above the headline reads: “Cash crunch: Panic hits DP’s camp over diminishing financing.” A subhead adds: “DP Ruto has abruptly closed taps for most of his 2022 campaign projects.”

The front page photo is of William Ruto, Kenya’s deputy president. Ruto has announced his ambition to run for the presidency in the country’s 2022 elections.

But did the Star report that Ruto’s campaign was running out of funds? We checked.

‘Uhuru lays bare crime surge’

The real front page of the 23 November edition of the Star, posted on the newspaper’s verified Facebook page, looks very different.

The headline reads: “Uhuru lays bare crime surge in security report.” Uhuru Kenyatta is Kenya’s president. The text above and below the headline has nothing to do with Ruto, and the front page photo is of two Muslim clerics.

The page has been altered.

The paper has posted the fake front page on Twitter, next to the real one. 

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