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New York Times: ‘Caliphate’ podcast didn’t meet standards

Posted at 1:27 AM, Dec 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 01:27:09-05

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.