FACT CHECK: Did A BBC Chyron Say Universities In Ghana Are Closed For A Week To Honor Queen Elizabeth II?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purportedly shows a BBC Africa chyron stating Universities in Ghana are expected to close for a week in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Verdict: False

This image is fabricated. A spokesperson for BBC News confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact that it does not portray a genuine BBC news report.

Fact Check:

Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8 at the age of 96 in Scotland, according to Reuters. The queen served for 70 years, making her Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, the outlet reported.

The Facebook image claims to show a screenshot of a news report from BBC that says universities in Ghana would close for a week to honor the queen’s death. “Universities in Ghana to be closed down for one week in honour of Queen Elizabeth,” the alleged chyron reads.

This image is digitally fabricated. The story cannot be found on BBC Africa’s verified YouTube or the outlet’s website. Likewise, Check Your Fact found no credible news reports from BBC or any other news outlets to verify the claim.

“This is clearly not from a BBC news report. The branding looks nothing like the BBC’s,” a BBC spokesperson said in an email statement to Check Your Fact.

The image of the alleged newscast is not recent either. Instead, it shows an image of Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo in a BBC interview from April 2022, as shown on the outlet’s verified Twitter profile. Akufo-Addo published a tweet honoring the queen’s death. but made no mention of schools being closed down. (RELATED: Did Queen Elizabeth II Say She Didn’t Want Her Dogs To Survive Her When She Died?)

“On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I extend deepest condolences to the new British monarch, King Charles III, the @RoyalFamily, the Prime Minister, and the Government and people of Great Britain on the death, today, of HM Queen Elizabeth II,” the tweet reads.

This is not the first time misinformation has spread in the wake of the Queen’s death. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting all funerals in Britain were cancelled due to the state funeral.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter

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