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This National Geographic magazine cover on recent Indian farmers’ protest is fake

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A photo is being shared on social media with a claim that it shows the National Geographic magazine cover with a photo related to recent farmers’ protests in India. On the magazine cover, ‘THE LARGEST PROTEST IN HISTORY IS HAPPENING NOW AND IT IS NOT BEING TELEVISED’ is written. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here

Claim: Photo of the National Geographic magazine cover on recent farmers’ protests in India.

Fact: It is an edited magazine cover. The National Geographic has not published a photo related to recent Indian farmers’ protest on its magazine cover. Also, the articles mentioned on the cover were not found in the National Geographic magazine recent issues. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On looking at the recent issues of the National Geographic magazine, it is found that it has not published a photo related to recent Indian farmers’ protest on its magazine cover. The cover pictures on November 2020, December 2020, and January 2021 issues can be seen below. It can be observed that the format in the posted image is different from the recent issues of the National Geographic magazines. The format in the posted image is one of the older formats of National Geographic. Also, the articles mentioned on the cover were not found in the National Geographic magazine recent issues

On the posted image, at the bottom-right-corner, it is written – ‘@anoopreet’. So, when searched for that profile, the same photo was found to be posted by the user – ‘anoopreet’ on Instagram. In the description, it is written – ‘Artwork: @anoopreet Photo: @choudharyravi A project in collaboration with @sikhexpo (this is an imagined cover)’. Also, the same farmer photo can be found on the profile of ‘choudharyravi’. ‘The Quint’ has also published the photo, in December 2020, giving credits to ‘PTI/Ravi Choudhary’.

To sum it up, the posted National Geographic magazine cover with the photo related to recent Indian farmers’ protest is fake and an imagined cover by a person.

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