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Fact Check: Screenshot of news report on Rajapaksa by NDTV turns out to be fake

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A screenshot of a news report on Rajapaksa by NDTV was shared on social media on May 15. In an investigation, it was found that the screenshot is morphed, and NDTV did not publish any such report.

A screenshot of a news report purportedly published by NDTV was shared on multiple social media platforms. The article had the headline "Ex-PM Mahindra Rajapaksa, funds The Hindu reporter to create fake news about LTTE resurgence".
Kapila Susantha Peiris expressed their disappointment by sharing the screenshot with the caption "What else can we expect from him" on May 15.

User Mahadeva Sanmugaratnam posted the image the same day with the caption "This despot cannot live without political power"

Fact Check

Performing a keyword search, no such article was found to have been published by NDTV.
NDTV group President Suparna Singh declared the screenshot "FAKE news" in a Tweet on May 15. 
Furthermore, the headline in the screenshot has a misplaced comma after "Rajapaksa". 
Finally, the font of the headline of the screenshot and that of the other NDTV articles do not match.
In conclusion, the screenshot of the NDTV article is fake. Such an article was never published by NDTV.

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