Indonesian posts combine old photo and news report in statement on ‘fatal Eid 2022 car crash’

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An image of a car wreck has circulated in several blog posts which claim it shows a fatal traffic accident on the Indonesian island of Java on April 29, 2022, when tens of millions of people traveled in their hometown to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday. . However, the claim is false; the image shows a car accident in June 2021 on another island, while the details of the alleged accident reported by the blogs were taken from another incident on Java in August 2021.

The link to the blog post — with the thumbnail photo — was shared on Facebook here on May 1, 2022.

Translated into English, the caption of the message reads: “Verily we belong to Allah, this happened this afternoon, 7 people who were returning home for Eid al-Fitr died in an accident Three of them belonged to the same family, died on the way to the hospital.”

The blog post published in April 2022 has the same title, but the content of the article claims that one person died in the accident involving three vehicles.

The Indonesian-language blog post reads, in part: “Three vehicles were involved in an accident outside the Mitra Iron Shop on Friday, April 29, 2022. A motorcyclist died at the scene with serious head injuries.

“This traffic accident happened on Godean-Ngapak road. The exact location was in front of Mitra Iron Shop, Godean District, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta.”

Screenshot of misleading Facebook post, taken May 2, 2022

The messages circulated as tens of millions of Indonesians traveled to their hometown on April 28, 2022 in an annual exodus from Jakarta and other major cities ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which is fell the first week of May this year, marking the end. of the holy month of Ramadan.

The annual return trip – known locally as “mudik” – had been stalled for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The misleading blog post, along with the photo, was also posted on Facebook here and here.

Other blog posts have used the same photo alongside a similar claim here, here, and here.

However, the claim is false.

AFP discovered that the photo had circulated in news reports about a previous traffic accident in Indonesia on June 11, 2021; the blog posts also include details of another car accident that occurred on August 17, 2021.

Accident in Sumatra

A reverse image search on Google found the photo published in this report by Indonesian media outlet iNews on June 12, 2021.

The report said the accident involving three cars and two motorbikes happened in West Bangka Regency on the Bangka-Belitung Islands, a province off the east coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Part of the report reads: “A multi-vehicle collision occurred on Pangkalpinang-Muntok Road, West Bangka Regency, involving three cars and two motorbikes. In this incident, the victims suffered only only minor injuries.

“The accident in Dendang village, Kelapa district happened on Friday afternoon June 11, 2021.”

Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading posts (L) and the photo in the iNews report (R):

Comparison of screenshots of the photo in the misleading post (L) and the genuine photo in the iNews report (R)

The crash was also reported by other local media here and here, with photos that match the image in the iNews article.

Accident at Yogyakarta

Meanwhile, the accident details in the misleading blog posts actually correlate to a fatal car crash in Yogyakarta, a province on Indonesia’s Java Island, on August 17, 2021.

The text of the blog posts partly corresponds to a report published by the regional media Baca Jogja on the same day.

Translated into English, the headline of the authentic report reads: ‘One dies in accident involving two motorbikes and a car in Godean, Sleman’.

Godean is a district located in the regency of Sleman, in the northern part of the province of Yogyakarta.

The report also states that the accident happened in front of the Mitra Iron Shop and includes other details mentioned in the misleading blog posts, such as the brand of vehicles involved and comments from the same local police inspector.

Sleman’s accident was also reported by iNews on the same day here.

No accidents in West Bangka or Sleman occurred during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which fell on mid-May in 2021.

Amanda J. Marsh