Der Spiegel has been reported to the police, the reporter for the misappropriation since several readers heard of and told to Relotius asked them for money. The reporter wrote that the intention was to help two syrian siblings who live as street children in Turkey.
It is unclear how much of the money collected and how they are used, writes Der Spiegel. Relotius has said that children adopted by a German läkarpar with the help of the donations, but it is not true.
with having to find content in at least 16 stories, it has emerged that the story of the two siblings is incorrect. According to the photographer who Claas Relotius worked with are boy's fate garbled. It is doubtful if the sister Claas Relotius write about at all exist.
the U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has written for Der Spiegel and is demanding an independent investigation on the reports that Claas Relotius made in the USA. The journalist has written about a vigilantes who monitor the border with Mexico. He has also interviewed a prisoner on Guantanmofängelset.
Claas Relotius has in recent years been one of Germany's most famous journalists. CNN named Relotius to this year's journalist of 2014. He was awarded as late as december of this year a prestigious German prize for journalism.
ask their readers to apologize for what the magazine calls a bottenmärke in its sjuttiotvååriga history. The editorial board is now calling all of the 60 texts of the Claas Relotius published. The magazine will also publish a 23-page story on the reporter's lies, writes The Guardian.
Claas Relotius was revealed when a colleague did something and gets restless and sounded the alarm. Relotius explanation is fear: ”The more success I had, the more increased the pressure on not to fail.”
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