The Dec. 19, 2018 photo shows issues of German news magazine Spiegel arranged on a table in Berlin. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
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An award-winning journalist who worked for Der Spiegel, one of Germany's leading news outlets, has left the weekly magazine after evidence emerged that he committed journalistic fraud "on a grand scale" over a number of years, the publication said Wednesday. Spiegel published a lengthy report on its website after conducting an initial internal probe of the work of Claas Relotius, a 33-year-old staff writer known for vivid investigative stories. The magazine said Relotius resigned Monday after admitting some of his articles included made-up material from interviews that never happened.The reporter previously worked for other German and Swiss publications and won numerous awards, including CNN Journalist of the Year in 2014 .
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