Farmers’ protest in India grabbed international attention after several celebrities and politicians tweeted in solidarity. The movement is now being covered by international media outlets as well, many of whom have reported on police violence and internet shutdown.
Several social media users have shared a lengthy piece on Narendra Modi, claiming that it has been written by ‘Joseph Hope’, Editor-in-Chief of The New York Times.
Twitter user @angshguds made this claim in a January 29 tweet, which garnered more than 650 retweets at the time of writing.
The editor of The New York Times is Dean Bacquet and a thorough search of the NYT website did not throw up any employee named ‘Joseph Hope’
Moreover, the excerpt is replete with grammatical errors which would be unusual for an editor of the international media outlet. The author also seems to have gone out of their way to shower praises on Prime Minister Modi.
Alt News reached out to Ari Isaacman Bevacqua, Director of Communications at The New York Times. He informed us that the American daily has neither written any such story on PM Modi nor does it have an employee named ‘Joseph Hope’.
NY Times Communications also took to Twitter to call out the fake story viral in the outlet’s name, “A false claim circulating in India related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and The New York Times has been fact-checked; it is not true.”
— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) January 30, 2021
This post was originally published on Radio Free.