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Award-Winning Der Spiegel Journalist Faked Stories About Syria and More

Another episode of fabricated journalism exposed. When will media en masse address this growing problem within their own ranks?

Claas Relotius

SouthFront reports…

On December 19th, der Spiegel reported that Claas Relotius, one of its star reporters, for writing fake stories on a “grand scale.”

An article, answering the most important questions regarding the situation was also published in English.

Internal evidence and research in recent days mounted the suspicion against Claas Relotius – who has now admitted to falsifying stories and interviews and has left the outlet. Other media could also be affected.

“I’m so angry, horrified, shocked, stunned,” the magazine’s deputy foreign editor Mathieu von Rohr tweeted. “Claas Relotius faked, he cheated all of us.”

Initially, suspicions began following a publication in November 2018 of the article “Jaeger’s Border” about an American vigilante group that patrols the border between Mexico and the US.

Juan Moreno, who reported the story in co-operation with Relotius grew suspicious of him and shared his concerns to der Spiegel.

Moreno then undertook to investigate, and he took advantage that he was in the US to report on another story, to gather incriminating information on Relotius. Naturally, he wanted to protect himself too, since he was a part of that article.

After initially denying the allegations, Claas finally admitted to his misconduct at the end of the week of December 10th – 16th. It emerged that he had invented entire passages, not only in his most recent article, but in many others.

Probably, most significantly, Relotius, according to the jury of the German Reporter of the Year 2018, wrote the best reportage of the year. About a Syrian boy, who lives with the belief that he was involved in a civil war in the country. The jurors appreciated a text of “unprecedented lightness, density and relevance.”

It turned out that all sources for the article were hazy. Most of it is a well-conceived lie. Quotes, places, scenes, supposed people of flesh and blood were all fake.

Essentially, according to der Spiegel, what Relotius did was:

“He included individuals in his stories who he had never met or spoken to, telling their stories or quoting them. Instead, he would reveal, he based the depictions on other media or video recordings. By doing so, he created composite characters of people who actually did exist but whose stories Relotius had fabricated. He also made up dialogue and quotes.”

Overall, by his admission around 14 articles that were published in der Spiegel or Spiegel Online are partially fabricated. He mostly worked as a freelancer with the outlet, but was employed as an editor since mid-2017.

Continue this story at SouthFront…

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