Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan. ( AFP / Goh Chai Hin)

False posts claim Indonesian president congratulated Jakarta governor over 'international hero award'

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A photo has been shared in multiple Facebook posts that claim it shows Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, congratulating Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan for receiving an "international hero" award. The claim is false: the photo actually shows an event in 2018 during which Jokowi gave  Anies’ grandfather — the late Muslim intellectual AR Baswedan — a "national hero" title.

The photo was shared in this October 2, 2021, Facebook post.

Screenshot of the misleading post, taken on October 17, 2021

The post’s Indonesian-language caption translates to English as: "The CRAZIEST. Receiving the National Hero title is common. What is extraordionary is receiving the title 'International Hero'. It puts the person in the same league as the Hulk and Captain America."

The photo shows Indonesian President Jokowi (pictured far right) shaking hands with Jakarta Governor Anies (second from the left).

The text on the photo states: “ONLY ANIES CAN DO THIS. RECEIVING THE INTERNATIONAL HERO TITLE. RECEIVING A WARM RECEPTION AFTER BEING AWARDED THE GLOBAL HERO TITLE.”

The photo also appeared on other Facebook posts, including here, here, here and here, alongside a similar claim.

The posts, however, are false.

A Google reverse image search found the photo was published by CNN Indonesia on in an article on November 8, 2018.

It is headlined: "Jokowi gives national hero title to Anies’ late grandfather."

The photo’s caption reads: "Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is present at the presidential palace to represent his late grandfather AR Baswedan, who receives the national hero title from Indonesian President Joko Widodo."

The article’s first paragraph reads: "Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has given national hero title to six historical figures. One of them is Abdurrahman Baswedan (AR Baswedan), the late grandfather of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan,  who became one of the National Heroes."

Below is a screenshot comparison of the image in the misleading post (L) and the CNN Indonesia photo (R): 

Screenshot comparison of the image in the misleading post (L) and the CNN Indonesia photo (R)

The award ceremony was also reported by other media outlets, like here, here dan here

Separately in 2021, Anies was named a "2021 transportation hero" by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), a German-backed initiative focused on the endorsement of sustainable urban transportation.

The Jakarta Post reported the news here on February 26, 2021.