FACT CHECK: No, these are not photos of an anchor on Iglesia ni Cristo TV


Posted at Mar 07 2019 04:46 PM | Updated as of Mar 07 2019 04:47 PM

Photos posted on Facebook claim to show a female television anchor in a low-cut blazer presenting on a Philippine news channel managed by a major Filipino Christian religious organization. 

The claim is false; the images are of a Vietnamese cable television presenter.

The photos, which were posted here on Facebook on March 1, 2019 where they have been shared dozens of times, show a woman wearing a low-cut pink blazer with a black lace top underneath.

The accompanying caption translates to English as: “Doesn't the leadership of iglesia ni cristo (manalo) see the outfit of their anchor. It's not good to look at especially for the children WHO WILL think that it's right to wear inappropriate clothes. And INCtv CALLS ITSELF a religious television (station)”.

Iglesia ni Cristo refers to a Christian religious organization in the Philippines founded by Felix Manalo.

Below is a screenshot of the post:

Screenshot of Facebook post

INC has a news channel which shows religious programs, INCTV. Here is its official website.

Using a reverse image search of the photos in the misleading post, AFP traced them back to this article on Vietnamese news site 24h.

The article contains very similar photographs of the presenter who features in the misleading post.

The 24h article is headlined: "Who is the female sports MC dressed so sexy on Vietnamese television?"

It identifies the woman in the images as Nguyen Dieu Linh, a sports presenter for state-run Vietnam Television (VTV).

Nguyen's Facebook profile, which has nearly 25,000 followers, can be seen here.

Below is a screenshot of the first photo in the 24h article, in which Nguyen is wearing the exact same outfit -- a pink blazer over a black top and a pin with a red and white star and a soccer ball -- that is seen in the misleading Facebook photos:

Screenshot of image in 24h article

The pin Nguyen is wearing above her microphone is the logo of VTV's football channel, which can also be seen in the upper right-hand corner of the original image. 

In the misleading Facebook images, the logo of INC has been added onto the bottom right-hand side of the screen.

The INC logo can be seen here on a video posted on their official Facebook page.

Screenshot of INC logo

And here is a screenshot of the misleading photo, in which the purported INC logo has been added and circled in red: 

Screenshot of misleading Facebook image

Nguyen can be seen wearing the same outfit as appears in the misleading Facebook post in this YouTube video.

Nguyen also posted a video on her Facebook account on September 8, 2018 which shows her wearing the exact same outfit.

The video has a caption saying in Vietnamese: "Have a fun weekend" followed by a smile face emoji.

Nguyen told AFP that she is not an anchor for INCTV.

In a conversation over Facebook messenger, AFP asked: “We're trying to fact-check a claim which says you work for a Filipino news organization called INCTV. Is there any truth to this?”

“No, I am from Vietnam. I am working for a sport channel tv in Vietnam," Nguyen told AFP by Facebook messenger on March 6.