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Huge fraud in the mirror

"Say what is" is the Motto of the "mirror", it has been Rudolf Augstein, the founder of the famous news magazine. Now shaken one of the biggest journalistic fraud of the Institution from Hamburg. Editor-in-Claas Relotius has at least invented 14 of his 60 texts, or partially fake.

Relotius is not some "mirror"-author. The 33-Year-old as a young hopeful, his success was almost scary. Relotius' harrowing reports from war zones, or abortion clinics received four of the German report prices. From CNN, he was elected "Journalist of the Year". His texts have also appeared in other prestigious titles, such as "Cicero", the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper" or in the "SZ-Magazin". With the "NZZ am Sonntag" and the "world week" had Relotius also two local, regular customers.

The case is reminiscent of the Swiss journalist Tom Kummer who had invented in the 90s, portraits and Interviews. As in the time of grief Relotius is young and a talented writer who would not be fraud on the part of the reader. In contrast to grief, the received of magazines later, a second Chance, seems to be the journalistic career of Relotius Once and for all finished. Instead of the event are ashamed a little, went to the "mirror," namely, in the Offensive, and has published several articles on the case Relotius. In a Q&A to the most important questions to be answered: what was falsified and with which methodology. It was discovered, "according to internal References, own research and, finally, a comprehensive confession of the Editor." This after a Co-author Relotius had come to the bottom of this – first of all, yourself as a slanderer appeared, because Relotius "all the attacks, parried all the well-researched evidence".

For the journalism of the case comes at an inopportune time, especially for the quality of the press continues to lose readers and attempts to respond to this Trend with special attention to facts-oriented reporting. In particular, for the "mirror" that has the largest Documentary unit in the world, the lyrics on the facts reviewed, the case is a Disaster. A 40'000 characters long Text about Relotius , also published today, is to limit the damage. The management of the "mirror" to use in addition, a Commission that documented the forgeries in detail.

Relotius has explained during his confession. It was not him, went to the next big thing: "It is the fear of Failure was the pressure to not fail, was always going to be greater, the more successful I was." the

(tages-Anzeiger.ch/Newsnet)

Created: 19.12.2018, 15:00

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