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China’s Communist Party newspaper falls for spoof news story
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PHUKET: The newspaper of China’s Communist Party yesterday reported on a spoof news article from The Onion which named North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the sexiest man alive. It comes two months after an Iranian news agency also fell for a fake report from the satirical news publication.

The People’s Daily newspaper, which is published in fifteen languages, posted a story with the headline: “North Korea’s top leader named The Onion’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.” The story was published in both English and Chinese and included a tribute with 55 photos of the 29-year-old leader.

The Onion posted the original article on November 14, but The People’s Daily newspaper did not pick it up until yesterday, apparently unaware it came from a satirical news publication. The fake news article praised Kim for his “devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame”, calling him every woman’s “dream come true.”

“Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile,” The Onion wrote in its article on November 14, describing Kim as “completely adorable and completely macho at the same time.”

The Onion article also listed prior ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ winners, although the organization did not actually publish such reports in earlier years. It said it previously chose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2011, disgraced financier Bernie Madoff in 2010, Charles and David Koch in 2009, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski in 2008, and fictional The Onion publisher T. Herman Zweibel in 2007.

Yesterday’s article in The People’s Daily was completely accurate, however. The article correctly said The Onion named Kim as Sexiest Man Alive for 2012, but left unsaid that The Onion is a satirical news publication. As such, The Onion editor, Will Tracy, praised the Chinese newspaper for its reporting.

“We are pleased that one of our many fine Communist subsidiaries, the People’s Daily in China, has received accolades for its coverage of our Sexiest Man Alive announcement,” Tracy said. “The People’s Daily has served as one of the Onion’s Far East bureaus for quite some time, and I believe their reportage as of late has been uncommonly fine, as well as politically astute. May our felicitous business association continue for centuries to come.”

The People’s Daily newspaper could not immediately be reached for comment. The article remained available this morning and was still prominently visible on the website’s front page as a top story.

The Onion was founded in 1988 and, in addition to its website, also publishes satirical articles in a print edition. Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency also fell for a fake story from The Onion in September when it claimed that a recent Gallup Poll found that rural whites in the United States would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than for incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama.

And in September 2009, two Bangladeshi newspapers were forced to apologize after they reported that US astronaut Neil Armstrong had told a news conference that the moon landings were an ‘elaborate hoax’. The Bangladeshi reports were based on a story published by The Onion.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Prince Philip, the husband and consort to Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99. The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving consort in the history of the United Kingdom, retiring in 2017 after more than 20,000 public engagements. Born on the Greek island of Corfu, Philip had 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren with the Queen. Buckingham Palace released a statement mourning the loss.

Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921 on the island of Corfu, Greece. He married Princess Elizabeth on November 20, 1947.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

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Prince Philip dies at the age of 99 – Buckingham Palace

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The husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, has died at the age of 99. Buckingham Palace announced his death in the last hour.

Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947, 5 years before she became Queen. He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

The couple had 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Thai fishing industry officials are protesting the controversial ‘Seaspiracy’ documentary as they say its information, regarding human trafficking, is outdated. The Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre spokesman Pokkhrong Monthatphalin, says the government had been cleaning up the fishing industry for years after its illegal practises were highlighted in 2015. He says Thai authorities have been trying to invited the documentary’s producers to come inspect the nation’s fishing practises themselves.

The documentary, Seaspiracy, focused on the extreme consequences of commercial fishing on local ecology. It also spotlighted Thailand’s fishing industry by interviewing former fishing boat workers who said they were trafficked to work on the boats as migrants. The workers said they were living in hell and were modern-day slaves.

In response to the damning allegations by former workers, Pokkhrong says Thailand’s commitment to ending such illegal practices had been recognised by the international community. He says the EU had taken the country off of its yellow-card status in 2019, citing Thailand’s alignment of its legal systems with international obligations to fight IUU fishing.

He says that year Thailand was taken off the yellow-card status, the nation had also set basic decent standards for those working in the fishing industry-a first for Asia. The US’s Trafficking in Persons Report also recognised Thailand for making headway in tackling human trafficking in the past few years.

But the Seafood Working Group has backed up the documentary by proposing the US State Department to downgrade Thailand to the Tier 2 Watchlist again, after the group claimed the recognition of workers’ rights was even more shoddy due to the Covid pandemic.

But Pokkhrong insisted that Thai authorities remained dedicated to promoting sustainable fishing and ending human trafficking in the seafood industry. The documentary, however, pointed to high-level corruption in the police department, with such officials allegedly playing a part in the trafficking of migrant workers.

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