Mamunul Haque is a Bangladeshi Deobandi Islamic scholar, politician, academic, writer, editor, and social reformer. A video went viral on social media claiming hundreds of people were protesting for the release of Mamunul Haque. It was claimed that Mamunul Haque was released after protestors broke the lock of Lahm Janata Jail.
(Screenshot from ZP News YouTube channel)
In order to investigate the claim, we extracted keyframes from the shared video and performed a reverse image search on Google search engine. The search revealed that the protest was carried out by Islami Andolan Bangladesh Party on 10th June 2022 against blasphemous remarks about the Holy Prophet made by two Indian Ministers.
(Screenshot from Pledge Times website)
(Screenshot from PODER 360 website)
(Screenshot from NTV News YouTube channel)
Misinformation/ False Context
Our fact-check confirmed that an unrelated video was being shared, affiliating it with the release of Mamunul Haque. On 18th April 2021, a joint team of Tejgaon Division police and detectives arrested Mamunul from Jamia Rahmania Arabia Madrasah in Mohammadpur in separate cases. He is still under arrest.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent social media accounts and YouTube are spreading disinformation.|
|Behavior||A protest video is associated with release of former Hefazat-e-Islam joint secretary general Mamunul Haque from jail.|
|Content||Social media posts.|
|Degree||Target audience was followers and supporters of Hefazat-e-Islam’s Mamunul Haque. A protest video was linked to the release of Mamunul Haque, the video is not fake but is unrelated to the claim.|
|Effect||Hefazat-e-Islam and Mamunul Haque’s supporters cherished the release. The video was shared widely on the internet to show solidarity with him. Supporters also appreciated the act of breaking jail locks.|