BBC Declares Top 10 Most Corrupt Political Party in the World 2017: Hoax


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BBC Declares Top 10 Most Corrupt Political Party in the World 2017

Story: 

Top 10 Most Corrupt Political Party in the World 2017

Rank    Party Name    Country
1    Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz PML(N)    Pakistan
2    National Resistance Movement    Uganda
3    Progressive Action Party    Cuba
4    Indian National Congress    India
5    Vietnam’s Communist party    Vietnam
6    Kuomintang    China
7    Nationalist Fascist Party    Italy
8    Nazi Party    Germany
9    Communist Party of China    China
10    Communist Party of the Soviet Union    Russia

Other Versions

1. BBC declares Congress as one of the most corrupt political parties in the world

2. Indian National Congress is the 4th Most Corrupt Political Party in the World. #BBC

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CNN Declares Top 10 Most Corrupt Political Party in the World 2017

Analysis:

According to certain stories and pictures that went viral on social networking sites like WhatsApp and Twitter, BBC has Declared Top 10 Most Corrupt Political Parties in the World in 2017, and that Indian National Congress holds 4th position in that list. One version of the picture also showed that it was CNN that declared the top 10 most corrupt political parties in the world. Quite a number of people bought the story and it was also shared on Facebook and few other websites online. The fact of the matter is that the story is not true, and is explained below.

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BBC Declares Top 10 Most Corrupt Political Party in the World 2017

On 17 March 2017 BBC News Point website bbcnewspoint.com published an article listing and describing top 10 most corrupt political parties in the world. Top on the corrupt parties list was Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML). Soon after, images circulated that it was BBC that declared the corrupt parties list. It should be noted, the information was not coming from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) news website; BBC News Point is no way associated with them. After the story became popular on social media, an Editor for BBC Online said on Twitter that BBC never does such surveys on corruption in political parties. The CNN version seems to have been fabricated later, which again pointed Indian National Congress to be the “fourth most corrupt political party in the world.”

Screenshot of article on BBC News Point website
Screenshot of article on BBC News Point website

The information provided in the article on BBC News Point website (misused BBC name) did not explain on what basis the parties have been declared corrupt. There are no details about any such survey, and notably, some of the political parties mentioned in the list, like Nationalist Fascist Party of Italy and Nazi Party of Germany, do not even exist now. The website has been publishing many such ‘Top 10’ lists without any credible sources of information. Moreover, as of this writing, the BBC News Point website’s domain name and URL have been changed to The Daily Mail News, which again perhaps is misuse of yet another news source Daily Mail.

Screenshot of article on The Daily Mail News
Screenshot of article on The Daily Mail News

So the claims that BBC/CNN has declared top 10 most corrupt political parties in the world in 2017, and that Indian National Congress holds 4th position in the list are hoaxes; they originated from an article having no credibility.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.

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