An image showing a Journalist crucified is making rounds on the social media site X(Twitter). Users on X are sharing this image claiming that it’s an artwork by the British Graffiti artist, Banksy as the artist is trying to shed the light on the murder of several journalists during the Israel-Hamas conflict.
A user named Jerry Hicks posted this image on X(Twitter) and wrote: ” Banksy on the murder of journalists in Gaza”
The archive version can be seen here.
Subsequently, other users shared this image on X(Twitter) and made similar claims.
The DFRAC team conducted a reverse-image search of the above viral image to verify the claim made through the viral image. Meanwhile, we found this image, posted on the social media handles (Instagram and X) of a user named Hassan Ragab with the caption: “THIS IS A DIGITAL ARTWORK CREATED USING AI. NOT A REAL PHOTO”.
Furthermore, his post mentioned: “It is estimated now that 100 journalists have been killed in Gaza since Oct 7th. These journalists are the only reason why we know what’s happening in Gaza. The absence of journalists often means the absence of truth”.
As per his Instagram and X bio, he is an Egyptian Designer and artist in California.
It is proved from DFRAC’s Fact-Check that the viral image of a crucified Journalist claiming it’s an artwork by Banksy is originally a digital artwork by an Egyptian Designer named Hassan Ragab.
DFRAC Analysis: Misleading