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Old Image Of Iraqi Photographer Falsely Claimed To Be From Ayodhya Ram Mandir Consecration: Fact-Check

Pictures of an emotional-looking cameraman have gone viral, with the claim that the images were taken on January 22, 2024, during Pran Pratishtha of Shri Ram in Ayodhya.

Sharmalicious (“@Sharmajaoge“) tweeted the pictures of the camera with the caption “Meanwhile the cameraman*”. The tweet was made on Jan 22, 2024.

Several other accounts, including @Dhruv_tr108, @Mrroy1809 also made the same claim that even the cameraman could not stop becoming emotional while clicking pictures of Shri Ram during Pran Pratishtha in Ayodhya. The archive can be read from above.

Is this incident from Shri Ram’s Pran Pratishtha in Ayodhya? : Fact

The truth is that these photos, taken in January 2019 during the Asian Cup 2019 match between Qatar and Iraq, were taken by an Iraqi photographer by the name of Mohammad Al Azawiy. The pictures are outdated and unrelated to the Ayodhya Ram Mandir.

@afcasiancup tweeted the picture of the photographer and confirmed that the picture of the Iraqi photographer is from Asian Cup 2019. The tweet was made on Jan 24, 2019.

Iraq National Team (“@IraqNT_EN“) also clarified that the name of the photographer is Mohamed Al Azawiy and the photograph was captured during Asian Cup 2019.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Influencers are circulating old images with false claims to get the spotlight on social media. Images of a cameraman in which he can be seen emotionally have been shared, claiming that these images were captured during Pran Pratishtha of Shri Ram in Ayodhya on 22nd January 2024. The truth is that in January 2019, during the Asian Cup 2019 match between Qatar and Iraq, Iraqi photographer Mohammad Al Azawiy took these pictures.The pictures are not related to the Ayodhya Ram Mandir and are old.

Conclusion:

Fact : These images were taken by an Iraqi photographer named Mohammad Al Azawiy during the Asian Cup 2019 match between Qatar and Iraq in January 2019. The images are old and have nothing to do with the Ayodhya Ram Mandir.

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