This headline about Indonesian singer Rhoma Irama has been digitally altered
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times purport to show a screenshot of an article about a popular Indonesian musician, which claims he blamed himself for his son’s drug abuse. But the image in the posts has been doctored from a genuine news report; the original report's headline only stated the musician "accepted" his son was detained for drug use.
The Indonesian language headline translates to English as: “Rhoma Irama: This Is My Fault, I Told Him Not to Touch Alcoholic Drinks, Not Even a Drop.. But He Ended Up Consuming Crystal Meth.”
The post’s Indonesian-language caption translates to English as: “Pak Haji, please be clear when you advise your son... So that he can fully understand what you mean….”
“Pak Haji” is an Indonesian term widely used to address a Muslim man who has gone on the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. Rhoma went on the Hajj pilgrimage in 1975, according to his biography on Encyclopedia Britannica.
Below is a screenshot of the misleading post:
The claim is false. A keyword search found this fact-check article published by Liputan6.com about the image on Facebook.
Liputan6.com operates a fact-check team which has been verified by the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN).
The article's headline translates to English as; “A hoax misusing a Rhoma Irama statement in a Liputan6.com article”. The article states the image was doctored from this Liputan6.com news report published on July 13, 2019. The headline translates to English as: “Rhoma Irama accepts the fact that Ridho Rhoma is detained again.”
The first two paragraphs of the original report translate to English as: “Ridho Rhoma has to go to prison for the second time. Based on a Supreme Court ruling, Ridho Rhoma must return to the detainment centre for eight months for drug abuse.
“Ridho Rhoma will be detained at the Salemba detention center, Central Jakarta. As a father, Rhoma Irama found it difficult to accept this reality. But the King of Dangdut said he had finally accepted it.”
Below is a screenshot of the original news report:
It has the same layout, byline, publishing date and time as the Facebook image -- but the headlines are different.
Below is a comparison of the original Liputan 6 report (L) and the misleading Facebook image (R):