A collage of two photographs is currently viral on social media. The photographs were taken during the violence that followed the recent Bharat Bandh called by Dalit organizations to protest Supreme Court’s dilution of the provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Both photographs show the same man with a gun but his beard is longer in the image from Zee TV as compared to the image of NDTV. Many social media users have suggested that the image has been photoshopped to show a visibly Muslim looking man holding a gun. What is the truth behind these images? Let us find out….

Alt News accessed the footage from various channels to uncover the truth behind the images.

Zee used the video of the same person multiple times across different shows. In all of these broadcasts, the person is circled and his picture is zoomed in. From one of the videos, we took a screen-grab which can be seen below. The timestamp on the top left has been added programmatically and isn’t present in the original footage.

In case of NDTV and ABP, they have also used the same base video as Zee News did. However, the moment the clip is frozen and zoomed in, the longer beard as it could be seen in the Zee News video cannot be seen here.

In case of CNN-IBN, atleast in the tweet that they posted online, they do not freeze the video. This person who is being zoomed-in in the above channels namely NDTV, Zee and ABP is visible in the first 2 seconds of the video below. Also, in the CNN IBN footage, immediately after this person who’s the focus of the story is seen, Raja Singh Chauhan who allegedly fire shots in Gwalior can be seen.

Since CNN-IBN’s video was closest to the original without any special effects, we used this to analyze the issue by splitting the video into multiple frames (60 frames per second). What we found was that in case of the CNN-IBN video, the person in various frames seemed to have beards of varying lengths. As can be seen in the below collage, in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th frame, the person’s beard doesn’t appear to be long. However, in the 4th and 5th frame, the person’s beard appears to be much longer.

In the base video used by CNN-IBN, possibly because of a glitch in videography and because of camera’s shutter speed, there are a few frames wherein the person appears to have a longer beard than he actually does. However, in rest of the frames, the person’s actual size of the beard can be clearly seen.

When we converted Zee News’s videos into individual frames (15 frames per second), we saw that the frames in which this person’s beard appears normal are absent in their video. Instead, they have chosen the frame where the person appears to have a longer beard and zoomed into that particular frame.

So does the man have a short beard as shown by NDTV or a longer beard as shown by Zee News? Has the image been photoshopped by one of the channels? The answer is that Zee News hasn’t manipulated the image as alleged. All the channels including Zee News have used the same base video. However, Zee News chose to freeze their video on the frame when a distorted image of the person with a longer beard can be seen.

In conclusion, Zee News did not photoshop/manipulate/morph the footage. The image with the longer beard is part of the base video. However, the reason as to why they chose to freeze the video and focus on a distorted version of the image cannot be ascertained. It is impossible to tell whether this was deliberate or simply a case of poor editing.

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19 Comments on "Mystery of the beard: Did Zee News play morphed footage of Bharat bandh protests?"

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Awanish Sharma
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This is funny the man was there he had the gun, what makes difference if he has beard or not, when man has beard you people will say terrorism has no religion. What you want to prove here, Just like there was ISLAMIC FLAG and I don’t see difference between ISLAMIC FALG and Pakistani FLAG, none should, but you people are wasting congress money to prove that this people were not Islamic, why when we all know Pakistan is islamic country and Islamic flag means Pakistan by large. please do not waste CONGRESS MONEY it will gain them nothing, you… Read more »
Somnath Datta
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I wonder how much money of your employer you are wasting by spending so much time to comment on such articles !

Awanish Sharma
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I am wasting my self hard earned money to SAVE MY COUNTRY from bigots and hypocrite

Ali Mustafa Khan
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As always I have to rescue English from Bhakts…. I am wasting my hard earned money to save my country from bigots and hypocrites.

That goes for correcting English… the untruth in your statement is that bigots and hypocrites are in RSS and BJP, not the otherway round… by the way do you even know what a bigot is?

Awanish Sharma
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Indeed your english is better than mine, BUT let me correct your statement, tons of fake news are being flooded by congress supporter and from people of one religion, but ALT news is very selective in that, why so, because they work for them, which proves me their hypocrisy and I don’t to mention which religion is bigot, World knows that.

Optimist
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not really ..they have busted news from the other side also..check their website properly

Mango Man
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Yeah Hard earned money by selling PAKODAS

Awanish Sharma
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Yes am earning crore from that and paying tax, its bloody good business… I have place for dish washer would you like to join, only if we find you are capable enough

Suhas
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So what is the reality? Does he have long beard or short beard? And, do only Muslims keep long beard? Actor Ranvir Singh is seen with a similar beard in a recent TV advert. Also, will someone who is supposed to be doing such ‘covert’ act not remove the beard to hide his identity.

Samar
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Dear Hindus – ask yourself few questions – why, just why is so much negative image of Islam and Muslims shown to you? Is it that they are really bad or is it that you are being shown them to be?

Awanish Sharma
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Yes they are really bad, you people need to do self introspection why Muslims are killing innocent humans, why these people are trying hard to bring bull shit shariya law, why

rex
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Then by definition you are a bigot..the gall and lack of self-awareness you must have to call others bigots, is pathetic..somebody should study this moral inversion condition that right wingers have..

Awanish Sharma
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Bigot means a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions. People are killed for drinking water, girls are killed for HIJAB, innocent people are bombed for Shariya, now until unless you are one of the believer of shariya LAW, you are not safe..

zoheb
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you people are just wasting your time, the saviour is from IT Cell they are being paid for doing so, they just cannot keep arguing with them 24/7 well trained in particular syllabus (wrong information, 70 years of congress, ancient mughal, history, cows & dungs gaali galouch nd all that) so much so tht the questioner would probably ran away from the platform on which the discussion has been goin onn, in sake and to save for its self respect. A thing which the IT cell guy necessarily does,nt have.
“mission accomplished” salary credited

Rakesh Agrawal
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I am not surprised as this is छी न्यूज़, designed to spread fake news and hatred for its masters:RSS/BJP!

Mango Man
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Pee news

Leo
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Awesome conclusive report presented in this case by Altnews.in. Kudos and keep it up good people.

Leo
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Awesome clear report present by Altnews.in. Kudos and keep it up good people.

anil
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Look at the man behind(in red t-shirt) in gun man who is walking and going behind this gun man. this is not beard of this man but the head of the man behind this gun man plus beard of this man. thats how it appear in this shape. all are spreading fake news.