NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says it was wrong to trust the story of a Canadian man whose claims of witnessing and participating in atrocities as a member of the Islamic State was a central part of its award-winning 2018 podcast “Caliphate.”
The 12-part series won a Peabody Award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
But it began to unravel when Canadian authorities in September arrested Shehroze Chaudhry on charges of perpetrating a terrorist hoax.
The Times said its journalists should have done a better job vetting him, and not included his story as part of the podcast.
Peabody administrators said the Times would return the award.