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Social media posts claim to show an article by Canadian public broadcaster CBC attributing protests by Dutch farmers against environmental regulations to a Canadian-based militia. It’s wrong; the CBC has confirmed that it has never published such an article, nor does Internet searches for the title find such a story.
“Omg those ex-journalists are something else. Canada is to blame for the farmers fighting back! Give me a break,” reads a July 7, 2022 Facebook post.
It includes an image – unrelated – of what appears to be a CBC article with a headline: “Dutch PM declares state of emergency, says farm protests orchestrated by Canadian militia known as from “The Diagolon”. “
The same image has been shared thousands of times on Twitter from an account that has since been suspended.
“Diagolon” is the name of a far-right group that researchers say seeks to stir up social divisions, often through violence. Local media reported that the group took part in a border blockade in the western province of Alberta just as protesting truckers occupied the Canadian capital Ottawa in early 2022.
The image circulated online as thousands demonstrated against the Dutch government’s sweeping plan to cut nitrogen emissions, with farmers particularly outraged by measures to cut emissions from livestock.
But the screenshot does not show an authentic CBC article, the national broadcaster confirmed.
Contacted by AFP, CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said: “We can confirm that this is not a genuine CBC News story.”
A search for the title on CBC.ca yielded no results. A similar Google search also did not find the alleged article.
AFP Fact Check has previously reviewed other impersonator content or images designed to resemble authentic Canadian media stories.