📑 A Riveting ISIS Story, Told in a Times Podcast, Falls Apart

Bookmarked A Riveting ISIS Story, Told in a Times Podcast, Falls Apart (nytimes.com)

A Canadian’s gruesome account as an Islamic State executioner in Syria, which was the subject of the “Caliphate” podcast by The New York Times, was fabricated, officials say. A Times review found no corroboration of his claim to have committed atrocities.

With the discovery that Abu Huzayfah account (whose real name is Shehroze Chaudhry) was a hoax, the New York Times made the following announcement about the Caliphate podcast:

The episodes of “Caliphate” that presented Mr. Chaudhry’s claims did not meet our standards for accuracy.

In the absence of firmer evidence, “Caliphate” should have been substantially revised to exclude the material related to Mr. Chaudhry. The podcast as a whole should not have been produced with Mr. Chaudhry as a central narrative character.

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