Fact Check: Was A Man Sentenced To Death After a Failed Suicide Attempt?
An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows a CNN headline claiming a “man was sentenced to death after failed suicide attempt.”
This image is digitally fabricated. And is not an authentic headline.
The Chinese Health Ministry is refusing to release statistics on suicides that have occurred under the country’s zero-COVID policies, according to Radio Free Asia. In the U.S., a study from the medical journal Pediatrics found there had been a “Steady increase” in the rise of children admitted to emergency rooms with suicidal thoughts, CNN reported.
The Facebook post allegedly shows a CNN article claiming a man was sentenced to death after a failed suicide attempt. The alleged article features a mugshot of an Asian man, with the byline attributed to Joshua Berlinger, a freelance journalist, and Yoonjung Seo of CNN. “Man sentenced to death after failed suicide attempt,” the alleged title reads. (RELATED: Did CNN Report The Russians Gave Brittney Griner A DNA Test To Determine Her Gender?)
This image is digitally fabricated. There are no credible news reports that this is a legitimate CNN headline. The story does not appear on CNN’s website on any of their verified social media accounts. The headline and image can be traced to a search engine called memegine, a self-described “meme search engine.”
Using reverse image search, Check Your Fact has identified the man in the image as Wan Yun, a former volleyball coach. Yun was arrested in a 2017 sex trafficking sting in Texas, according to ABC13.
This is not the first time a fabricated headline has circulated on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that Time magazine named President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris “the most unpopular duo.”