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Journalist of ‘Der Spiegel’ has invented a large number of reports

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Claas Relotius got in of 2014 a CNN Award in Munich.

An award-winning reporter from Der Spiegel shows reports, people, and quotes to be imaginary. That made the German magazine itself known.

Journalist Claas Relotius (33) “the readers and his colleagues to garden’, according to Der Spiegel, ‘deliberately, methodically and with great criminal energy”. The man was in 2011 as a freelancer for …

Journalist Claas Relotius (33) “the readers and his colleagues to garden’, according to Der Spiegel, ‘deliberately, methodically and with great criminal energy”. The man was in 2011 as a freelancer at the German weekly newspaper (circulation of more than 700,000) started. He was since a year and a half in service.

The magazine writes that the first suspicions towards the reporter came to the occasion of a reportage about an American vigilante on the Mexican border, which in november appeared. A colleague, who, together with Relotius research for the article had done, got suspicious and informed about the responsible editors. But he met ‘originally on a wall, as a whistleblower who believed not’.

Nevertheless, he maintained. A trip to the USA for another article, he used to gather material that his suspicion could be found. Because his name above the piece about the vigilante was, he felt particularly involved.

Based on movies and other media

After initial denials, gave Relotius at the end of last week his deceit. “In a large number of articles’ bleaching passages fabricated. To say that is going to definitely fourteen pieces, some of which have been nominated for journalism awards. He based his inventions on articles in other media and on movies.

Relotius has about sixty pieces for Der Spiegel written. The leaf is now going after how many of them reliability, and establishes a commission to determine why the control mechanisms have failed and how such events in the future can be prevented. The German weekly magazine is known for its large department ‘factcheckers’, editors, the facts in the articles to check.

The reporter in the course of years as a freelancer, written for a host of respected newspapers and magazines, including Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, Financial Times Deutschland, die Welt, the magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Zeit Online, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Activities.

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