Monday, July 20, 2009

Prize-winning story on student poverty a hoax

Moments before they accepted the top prize in journalism from the French magazine Paris Match, two students admitted that their story on student poverty was entirely faked.

There is student poverty in France, but the photos of students dumpster diving for food or selling themselves on the street were staged.

"We pushed the clich├ęs to the limit. We thought the whole thing was so hackneyed that it could never win ... We wanted to call into question the inner-workings of the attitude of the kind of media which portrays human distress with complacency and voyeurism," they said. UKIndependent.

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