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Der Spiegel reporter Claas Relotius hit “invented” stories

Image copyrightEPA captionsDer Spiegel said it was working to determine the full extent of the scandal The German newspaper Der Spiegel has interrupted an award-winning human writer after accusing him of inventing details and quotes in several stories. Claas Relotius "fake articles on large-scale and even invented characters," said Der Spiegel. Among the current articles are important features that have been nominated for or won awards, wrote the newspaper. Mr. Relotius, 33, admitted deceptive readers in about 1 4 stories published in Der Spiegel, the newspaper said. In a statement on Wednesday, the German publication said that it worked to determine the full extent of Mr Relotius' "Manufactures" after a colleague who worked with him on a story that caused suspicions of his reporting. After initially denying the allegations, Mr. Relotius confessed last week to invent whole text pieces, says Der Spiegel. In some articles he is said to have included individuals he has never met or talked with, "telling about their stories or quoting them." "At own time, there are at least 14 articles," said the magazine, adding: "Could that figure actually be significantly higher?" Speigel said that the reporter's actions had been committed intentionally and methodically. Der Spiegel Releases Sounds From Controversial Morrissey Interview The Trump Envelope Coveres Gnarkritik An investigation of a Relotius story about immigration and the US-Mexico border revealed that he had produced information about seeing a hand-painted Characters in a city in Minnesota that read: "Mexicans Keep Out". Deceptive information appeared in other stories,…

 German newspaper Der Spiegel reveals scandal of counterfeit reports

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Der Spiegel said it was working to determine the full extent of the scandal

The German newspaper Der Spiegel has interrupted an award-winning human writer after accusing him of inventing details and quotes in several stories.

Claas Relotius “fake articles on large-scale and even invented characters,” said Der Spiegel.

Among the current articles are important features that have been nominated for or won awards, wrote the newspaper.

Mr. Relotius, 33, admitted deceptive readers in about 1

4 stories published in Der Spiegel, the newspaper said.

In a statement on Wednesday, the German publication said that it worked to determine the full extent of Mr Relotius’ “Manufactures” after a colleague who worked with him on a story that caused suspicions of his reporting.

After initially denying the allegations, Mr. Relotius confessed last week to invent whole text pieces, says Der Spiegel.

In some articles he is said to have included individuals he has never met or talked with, “telling about their stories or quoting them.”

“At own time, there are at least 14 articles,” said the magazine, adding: “Could that figure actually be significantly higher?”

Speigel said that the reporter’s actions had been committed intentionally and methodically.

  • Der Spiegel Releases Sounds From Controversial Morrissey Interview
  • The Trump Envelope Coveres Gnarkritik

An investigation of a Relotius story about immigration and the US-Mexico border revealed that he had produced information about seeing a hand-painted Characters in a city in Minnesota that read: “Mexicans Keep Out”.

Deceptive information appeared in other stories, including one about entries at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay and another about the US NFL Quarter Colin Kaepernick.

Mr. Relotius, who joined the publication as a freelancer in 2011, told the newspaper that he regretted his actions and was ashamed deeply.

He has written about 60 articles for the newspaper, many of which he said are correct.

The Hamburg-based publication, which apologizes to its readers, said it was “shocked” by the revelations and described them as “a low point in Spiegel’s 70-year history.”

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