After more than five months of the military coup in Myanmar, a picture allegedly showing Aung San Suu Kyi in a prison cell is being shared on social media.

Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) were detained during the coup on February 1, 2021.

“ক্ষমতা কারো স্থায়ী থাকে না!!!!” the Facebook caption read in Bengali. (Translation: Power does not last for anyone!)

The above post can be seen here. The image is being extensively shared on Facebook, other posts can be seen here, here, here, here and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found that the image is morphed.
A simple Reverse Image search on the above image led us to multiple articles and blog posts where the original image was used. However, in the original picture, the woman is NOT Suu Kyi. The links can be seen here and here.
One of the articles shared the picture with the caption: “Female inmates at York Correctional Institution in Niantic are being given the rare opportunity to coach new arrivals to the facility on how to avoid the mistakes they made in their own pasts. Photo Credit: Officer Bimblebury via Wikimedia Commons”


We then traced the original image on the Wikimedia Commons, where it was titled, Female prisoner shackled in her small cell.”

The description of the picture dated July 2013 read: A female prisoner living inside her tiny prison cell. The cell provides the inmate with a toilet and a bed, as well as bars to protect her from the outside elements. The cell is designed for the comfort and benefit of the prisoner as well as the public.

Upon comparing the two pictures, it became evident that Aung San Suu Kyi’s face has been superimposed on the original image.

We also looked for media reports but did not find any reports corroborating the claim.

Upon searching further, we found a handout photo of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi (left) and detained president Win Myint (right) during their first court appearance in the capital, Naypyidaw, in May. The articles can be seen here, here and here.

From the above information, we can conclude that the woman in the picture is not Aung San Suu Kyi. Hence, the viral picture is morphed.

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