Postcard News: A right-wing website producing fake news

Postcard News, apparently a news website is actually a repository of fake news, produced with the intent of communalising, polarising and spreading hatred.

Alt News compiled a number of instances proving Postcard News to be a master of producing fake news.

1). Fake news of Jain Monk assaulted by Muslims in Karnataka

The news came out in March 2018, when the Karnataka elections were just round the corner. Postcard News reported that a Jain Monk was assaulted by Muslims in Karnataka, hinting towards Karnataka government’s inefficiency to ensure safety in the state.

As usual, it turned out to be fake. The Jain monk was not attacked by Muslims in Karnataka, but had met with an accident.

This false information had landed Postcard News founder Mahesh Vikram Hegde in prison.

2). Communalising the death of Paresh Mesta in Karnataka

When the body of 23-year-old Paresh Mesta was found floating on a lake in Karnataka’s Uttara Kanada district, Postcard News took no time in communalising it and published an article reporting gory details of his death.

However, the post-mortem conducted by Department of Forensic Medicine, Manipal released a document giving a point-by-point rebuttal of each of the allegations.

3). Fake extract from Pranab Mukherjee’s that book which has not even been written yet

Postcard News posted an excerpt from former president Pranab Mukherjee’s book on its Facebook page. The excerpt read, “After PM Modi completed one year of his term in office, I praised him for the work done so far, on which Sonia Gandhi took umbrage and became angry. Once, while coming out after addressing the parliament, I happened to come face to face with her. She was accompanied by Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mani Shanker Aiyer, who greeted me but Sonia kept waiting for me to greet her first. She forgot that the First Citizen of the country was in front of her. She had to acknowledge the President of the country and not Pranab Mukherjee. This greatly pained me from inside, that Sonia is so used to subservience.”

What is bizarre and funny at the same time, is that this is an extract from a book which has not even been written yet, let alone published. Just last week only, Mukherjee announced on Twitter that he would be penning down the book “The Presidential Years”. The book is slated to release in December 2018.

Now, some might say, that this might be an excerpt from his previous books. But, even this does not stand true as his earlier books titled, ““The Dramatic Decade”, “The Turbulent Years” and “The Coalition Years”, cover different time period and nothing about his presidential years, as this extract happens to talk about. It is in his upcoming book that Mukherjee would talk about his presidential years.

4). Fake letter about Sonia Gandhi and Karnataka minister creating Lingayat issue

Postcard News circulated a letter which it claimed was written by President of Bijapur Lingayat Association to former Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The website reported, “MASSIVE EXPOSE! Karnataka minister M B Patil’s letter to Sonia Gandhi reveals that Global Christian Council and World Islamic organisation masterminded the division of Lingayats in Karnataka!”

The letter was also tweeted by Mahesh Vikram Hegde

Alt News spoke to MB Patil who rubbished the letter and also said he would file a defamation case.

5). Old image used to show lathicharge by West Bengal Police

In June 2017, Postcard News posted a picture of man covered in blood. It claimed him to be a supporter of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) agitating against the government’s diktat of compulsorily teaching Bengali till class 10th in schools across the state, who was lathicharged by the West Bengal Police.

First, this picture is of Col DK Rai, who passed on March 29, 2017, three month before this fake news was published.

Secondly, this image is from 2008 when he was attacked by the police during the Gorkhaland protest.

These are just a handful of the fake news published by this penchant of fake news.

As soon as you open up this website, you’ll find nothing but a place full of lies, incorrect and untrue information.

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