Monday, June 30, 2008

Indian Newspapers Fall For Nazi War Criminal Prank

http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/06/30/indian-newspapers-fall-for-baroque-nazi-war-criminal-hoax/

Reuters India
30 June 2008

Indian newspapers fall for baroque Nazi war criminal hoax

Posted by: Jonathan Allen

You would think a press release about a German Nazi war criminal named Johann Bach being caught in the jungles of Goa after trying to sell a stolen 18th-century piano would be worth double-checking.

Nonetheless, the press release has been regurgitated on the front pages of the Deccan Herald and the Indian Express and inside the Telegraph, citing Perus Narkp, "the intelligence wing of the Berlin-based German Chancellor's Core (sic)", as the source. [...]

http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/07/02/baroque-nazi-war-criminal-hoax-an-update/

Reuters India
2 July 2008

Baroque Nazi war criminal hoax - an update

Posted by: Jonathan Allen

[...] It's interesting to see how different victims of the hoax are reacting. As far as I can see, only Goa's Herald has published a straightforward mea culpa. Other papers have shifted some of the blame onto hapless local police and intelligence officials, who had earlier been gently criticised for not knowing the details of the case. [...]