Reporter Claas Relotius quits Der Spiegel magazine for making up stories

Reporter Claas Relotius quits Der Spiegel magazine for making up stories

Reporter Claas Relotius quits Der Spiegel magazine for making up stories

The reporter contributed around 60 articles to Der Spiegel, one of the leading German magazines for investigative reporting.

Der Spiegel admitted Wednesday that reporter and editor Claas Relotius had "falsified his articles on a grand scale and even invented characters, deceiving both readers and his colleagues". No staff member - especially not one that had published the kind of stories Relotius had - has to worry about getting into hot water for failing to bring home a story, ' the magazine said.

Relotius's deception was discovered after Juana Moreno, who worked with Relotius on a fabricated story of an American vigilante group paroling the U.S. -Mexico border entitled, "Hunter's Border", shared his suspicions of his colleague's mendacity with Der Spiegel.

Relotius had worked for Der Spiegel in various capacities since 2011.

Among the many falsehoods Anderson and Krohn found, there is no sign in the town that reads, "Mexicans Keep Out".

In a lengthy article, Spiegel said it was "shocked" by the discovery and apologized to its readers as well as to anyone who may have been the subject of "fraudulent quotes, made up personal details or invented scenes at fictitious places".

Claas Relotius was named CNN Journalist of the Year for the story "Murderers as Carers".




In his confession, according to the magazine, Relotius said, "I am sick and I need to get help". Moreno told editors he had been suspicious of the sourcing on the story all along and on a subsequent trip to the United States, he contacted two of the subjects quoted extensively in the article by Relotius.

When one of Germany's most trusted publications, Der Spiegel, pushed out a news alert Wednesday, the subject was its own failing: The magazine revealed that one of its star reporters, Claas Relotius, likely embellished his coverage and allegedly fabricated entire events for years before resigning on Monday. In fact, the piece said Relotius is "not a reporter", and that "he tells fairy tales whenever he pleases". The publication said he admitted to fabricating at least 14 articles in question. During his time as a freelance journalist, his work got published by other media including Cicero, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, the Financial Times Deutschland, Die Tageszeitung, Die Welt, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Weltwoche, Zeit Online and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

According to Relotius' report, many USA prisons are struggling to provide care for long-term inmates suffering from dementia.

Other false stories by Relotius reportedly include an article a Yemeni prisoner in Guantanamo Bay and a piece about National Football League star Colin Kaepernick.

CNN has also stripped Relotius of its Journalist of the Year award in the wake of the exposé.

In connection with the scandal, Der Spiegel will create a Commission to investigate evidence of fabrication materials. DER SPIEGEL will also report publicly on their findings and recommendations for improving safety mechanisms.

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