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Daily Tribune uses old photo for new Iran oil field

Philippine news outlet Daily Tribune posted on its Facebook page a 32-year-old photo for its story on a newly discovered oil field in Iran.

Its Nov. 10 post says:

JUST IN: Iran finds field with 53 billion barrels of oil. Iran has discovered a new oil field containing 53 billion barrels of crude oil, President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday, a find that would increase Iran's proven reserves by about a third. The field covers 2,400 square kilometres (926 square miles) and is located in Iran's southwestern province of Khuzestan, Rouhani said in a speech aired on state TV.

Daily Tribune did not provide any caption for the photo.

A reverse image search shows the photo is that of a burning oil platform in the Persian Gulf during a maritime clash between Iranian and American forces on Oct. 19, 1987.

Other news outlets that covered the story ran photos of Iran President Rouhani’s Nov. 10 speech and stock photos of existing oil platforms in Iran with brief captions.

The reverse image search also reveals an earlier version of the photo published June 15, 2007on the website

Exif data of the photo reveal it was digitally created on July 20, 2005. A description of the photo says:

An Iranian command and control platform is set afire after being shelled by four US Navy destroyers. The shelling is a response to a recent Iranian missile attack on a reflagged Kuwaiti super tanker.

Google Maps’ measuring tool shows that the estimated straight-line distance between the newfound oil field in Khuzestan province, and the Persian Gulf (where the burned oil platform was located) is 580.96 km

The Facebook post has garnered 3,414 interactions, 1,100 reactions, 265 comments and 485 shares. (MC, JGL, HP)


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