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Same Rumour Circulating Since 2008

Hind Khoudary Hind Khoudary
Spirituality & Religion
3rd November 2020
Same Rumour Circulating Since 2008
We found the same exact claim in 2008(Screenshot).

The Claim

CCTV aired pictures of the Prophet of Islam.

Emerging story

Social media users claimed that a Chinese state-run channel showed the portrait of Prophet Muhammad, asking if Muslim nations will boycott China. Users shared a picture claiming it’s a screenshot of the portrait the CCTV aired.

A video of a TV series telecast on CCTV has also gone viral on the internet.

Misbar’s Analysis

Our investigation didn't find any evidence that proves that the CCTV aired the circulating video and portrait. We saw the same exact claim circulating since 2008. In 2008, an article reported that a Chinese film, “The Glorious Times of the Tang Dynasty,” was widely criticized by Uighur audiences. The article has the same pictures circulating today.

The same claim went viral in 2018 and 2019.

Media reported that after the widespread controversy that has erupted over the depiction of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in France, a video of a TV series telecast on a Chinese state-run TV channel China Central Television (CCTV) has gone viral on the internet and is gaining momentum. But Misbar didn’t find an article that linked or referred to the video on CCTV. 

However, we went to CCTV’s website search and used different keywords to find the video and pictures circulating but we also didn’t find anything that supports the circulating claims.

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