The reporter who was awarded CNN’s “journalist of the Year” prize could face jail time for stealing donations destined for Syrian orphans.
Reporter Claas Relotius, who recently confessed that he regularly faked stories in order to advance a globalist world view, is accused of soliciting donations from readers who thought they were donating to Syrian children, pocketing the money into his personal bank account.
Der Spiegel says it is filing a criminal complaint alleging he solicited donations for Syrian orphans from readers with any proceeds going to his personal account.
The German news giant said last week that Relotius admitted faking some stories, as he agreed to spent years fabricating articles for liberal outlets.
“My pressure to not be able to fail got ever bigger the more successful I became,” he admitted. In order to push liberal talking points he “made up stories and invented protagonists.”
One of the Relotius stories at issue centered on the US-Mexican border. Der Spiegel said its investigation revealed that he had fabricated information about seeing a hand-painted sign in a town in Minnesota that read: “Mexicans Keep Out.”
False information also appeared in other stories including one about inmates at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay and another about the US NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
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