No, Anura Kumara Dissanayake Does Not feature on Time Magazine Cover!

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As the presidential election approaches in Sri Lanka, social media platforms are inundated with posts aiming to promote anticipated candidates as well as posts seeking to tarnish their reputation. These posts constitute part of vigorous campaigning efforts, with supporters advocating for their preferred candidates while detractors seek to undermine their opponents through various means of online communication.

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 An image circulating on social media purports to show the front cover of Time Magazine dated April 8, 2024, featuring the face of Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the leader of Sri Lanka’s National People’s Power party, with the theme “New Hope for Sri Lanka.”

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Users commented to it like below.

We decided to do a fact check on this.

Fact Check 

Cover Content Discrepancy: Upon thorough investigation, it was found that the actual cover of the April 8, 2024, issue of Time Magazine does not feature Anura Kumara Dissanayake. Instead, it displays an illustration of US President Joe Biden cycling, with his bicycle stuck in mud. This image is connected to an article discussing the failures of Biden’s presidential campaign, not related to Sri Lankan politics.

Lack of Historical References: No record was found of Anura Kumara Dissanayake appearing on any previous cover of Time Magazine. This lack of historical precedence casts doubt on the authenticity of the purported cover image.Details can be reached here

Social Media Confirmation: Time Magazine’s official social media channels were checked, and no mention or image of Anura Kumara Dissanayake on their covers was found. Given the extensive reach and active presence of Time Magazine on social media platforms, the absence of any such content further supports the conclusion that the purported cover is fake.

Website Search Results: A search of Time Magazine’s website for articles mentioning Anura Kumara Dissanayake yielded no relevant results. Time Magazine has a vast archive of articles covering decades, and the absence of any mention of the Sri Lankan leader reinforces the conclusion that the cover image is not genuine.

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Based on the evidence gathered from multiple sources including the content of the actual Time Magazine cover, historical records, social media channels, and website searches, it can be confidently concluded that the image circulating on social media purportedly depicting Anura Kumara Dissanayake on the cover of Time Magazine is false and digitally manipulated. 


Title:No, Anura Kumara Dissanayake Does Not feature on Time Magazine Cover!

Fact Check By: Fact Crescendo Team 

Result: False

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