FALSE: Time magazine cover with image of Raila Odinga is fabricated | by PesaCheck | August 2022

The magazine did not publish an issue as of July 19, 2017.

A Time magazine cover dated July 19, 2017, with an image of former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is FALSE.

The magazine’s cover was shared on social media on August 16, 2022, a day after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced the president-elect.

Guillaume Ruto was said the president-elect on August 15, 2022, after a hotly contested election the opponent of Raila Odinga of Azimio la Umoja, George Wajackoyah of the Roots Party and David Mwaure of the Agano Party.

The Time the cover of the magazine, which is an “African issue”, bears the title “The man who will never be president” next to the image of Odinga.

There’s also a brief explanatory just below the main title which reads: “With over 20 years of striving for the top spot in Kenya, is Raila done?”

The cover also features four other titles on the roofline and another title below Odinga’s story. All these titles are about Africa.

To verify if the cover is genuine, we visited the Time Vaultwhere Time magazine stores all the covers it has ever published. We filtered our search down to 2017 and found that the publication had not published an issue on July 19, 2017. The only magazines published on this date include the July 10 and July 24 2017 numbers.

Both of these editions did not have Odinga on their cover. Instead, the game of thrones the cast was featured on the July 10, 2017 question while Donald Trump Junior was on the July 24, 2017 cover.

Time magazine published an article on how to spot a fake Time cover. The cover we are checking does not meet some of the standard requirements in a legitimate way Time cover. They include a red border around the edges of the cover, a thin white border that separates the red from the image, and the use of rooflines.

A grid of photos from a legit Time Magazine vs fake cover we debunk.

“We no longer display ‘rooflines’ above the logo that direct readers to stories inside. Instead, the cover takes on a poster look with a mission to create a simple message and hard-hitting,” said the Time the article warns.

PesaCheck examined a Time magazine cover dated July 19, 2017, featuring an image of former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and finds it to be FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

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This fact check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Naomi Wanjiku and edited by the editor of PesaCheck Cedrick Irakoze and acting editor Francis Mwaniki.

The article has been approved for publication by the editor of PesaCheck Doreen Wainainah.

PesaCheck is the first public finance fact-checking initiative in East Africa. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arensteinand is incubated by the continent’s largest civic tech and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It aims to help the public separate fact from fiction in public statements about the numbers that shape our world, with particular emphasis on public finance statements that shape government delivery of public services and development goals. (SDGs), such as health care, rural development and access to water/sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reporting. To learn more about the project, visit pesacheck.org.

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