Fact-check: This photo is not of NCP defector Anthony Feremato

The featured image used by the Number One Citizen Newspaper is of Fermo Peter Isara, former Torit County Commissioner

Writer: Theophilous Ochang Andrew  

A featured news article image by the Number One Citizen Daily Newspaper allegedly of Anthony Feremato Jacob is false.

The photo used in a story titled “Senior NCP member joins SPLM”, published on September 4, 2023, was meant to depict Anthony Feremato, a former chairperson of the National Congress Party in Eastern Equatoria State (EES) who is said to have switched to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement as reported by The City Review, The Radio Community, and the Number One Citizen Daily Newspaper.

Fact-check: This photo is not of NCP defector Anthony Feremato

A screenshot of the featured image as it appears on the Number One Citizen Newspaper website

Claim Verification:

A Google reverse image search returns results of the same image published by Radio Tamazuj on 9 August 2018. It is of Fermo Peter Isara, former Torit County Commissioner in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria State.

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Fact-check: This photo is not of NCP defector Anthony Feremato

Screenshot of the featured image as used by Radio Tamazuj on 9 August 2018

A keyword search using “fermo peter isara, torit county commissioner” also returned the same and similar images confirming the Google reverse image search findings.

Fact-check: This photo is not of NCP defector Anthony Feremato

Similar images of Fermo Peter Isara

The Radio Community, an independent network of community radio stations in South Sudan, published the same story titled, “Anthony Feremato joins SPLM,” with his actual photo.

Fact-check: This photo is not of NCP defector Anthony Feremato

A screenshot showing Anthony Feremato’s photo as published by The Radio Community

Similar pictures of Anthony Feremato were shared with 211 Check via messenger by Sisto Ohide who works at the Torit SPLM secretariat as the reporter for the state-run  Radio 97.5 FM.

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Fact-check: This photo is not of NCP defector Anthony Feremato

Photos of Anthony Feremato, former National Congress Party chairperson in EES

Conclusion:

211 Check finds the featured image of a news story allegedly of Anthony Feremato, former National Congress Party chairperson in Eastern Equatoria State, false. The featured image used by the Number One Citizen Daily Newspaper is of Fermo Peter Isara, former Torit County Commissioner.

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