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FALSE: Image is not of an American flag burning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – PesaCheck

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Oct 31
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A Facebook post with an image claiming to be of an American flag burning in central Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is FALSE.
The text accompanying the photo shared on 23 October 2022 reads: “American flag being burnt in the centre of Addis Ababa.”
On 22 October 2022, there were anti-Western countries demonstrations in Ethiopian cities to denounce what protesters called “Western intervention in internal politics” in the Tigray conflicts. Protests were reported in Addis Ababa, Gondar, Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Dire Dawa, and Adama.
However, the attached image is not of an American flag being burnt in the centre of Addis Ababa.
Google reverse image search results show the photo is of Haitians burning the flag during an anti-government demonstration in February 2019.
The image was published on the Sky News website on 16 February 2019, and was captioned, “Haitian demonstrators continue to block roads as food, water and gas becomes scarce and vows to continue until President Moise resigns.”
PesaCheck has investigated a Facebook post with an image claiming to be of an American flag burning in central Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and finds it to be FALSE.
This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.
By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.
Have you spotted what you think is fake news or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.
This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Bekalu Kibro and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.
The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.
PesaCheck is East Africa’s first public finance fact-checking initiative. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein, and is being incubated by the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It seeks to help the public separate fact from fiction in public pronouncements about the numbers that shape our world, with a special emphasis on pronouncements about public finances that shape government’s delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) public services, such as healthcare, rural development and access to water / sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reportage. To find out more about the project, visit pesacheck.org.
PesaCheck is an initiative of Code for Africa, through its innovateAFRICA fund, with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie, in partnership with a coalition of local African media and other civic watchdog organisations.


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