Fact check: BBC has not described February 28 Kolkata rally as `world's largest peaceful political gathering'

Quoting BBC, many social media users claim “world’s largest peaceful political gathering” was held at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground on February 28.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  3 March 2021 1:15 PM GMT
Fact check: BBC has not described February 28 Kolkata rally as `worlds largest peaceful political gathering

HYDERABAD: Quoting BBC, many social media users claim "world's largest peaceful political gathering" was held at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground on February 28.

"Kolkata brigade 2021: Worlds' largest peaceful political gathering (sic)," reads the message.

The message is being circulated along with the BBC logo.


The archived versions of similar posts can be seen here and here.

NewsMeter has found that the claim is false as the BBC had not reported on the Brigade Parade Ground event.

FACT CHECK:

We noticed that in the alleged report by BBC, grammatical errors such as "geathering" in place of "gathering" were found, which is quite unlikely for such a reputed international media organization.

We then checked on several BBC websites and did not find a single report related to the recent Brigade Parade Ground gathering. BBC also has a separate page for news related to Kolkata and even here, we did not find any report related to the rally.

Furthermore, India Today Fact Check team contacted the press office of BBC. Tess Colley from the publicity team of BBC World sent them an email stating: "I can confirm that the BBC has not published such a story."

Evidently, it can be said that the graphic plate along with the BBC logo is morphed. BBC has not described February 28 Brigade Parade Ground rally as the "world's largest peaceful political gathering".


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