Narnia storms out of WTO talks

The Age (via BoingBoing):

A story issued by financial news agency AFX on Sunday, picked up
by several other outlets, has left a series of red faces by
faithfully reporting a press release from “the independent state of
Narnia”. The story claimed Narnia had walked out of the World Trade
Organisation talks in Hong Kong because it was fed up with being
bullied by the US and Europe. It claimed the major powers were
attempting to enforce liberalisation of its clothing sector.

It quoted Narnia spokeswoman Susan Aslan (Aslan is the name of
the Christ-like lion featured in the film, and book,
The Lion,
The Witch and The Wardrobe). Narnia’s delegates “were tired of
bullying by EU and US delegations and would be returning
immediately to their state capital at Cair Parvel,” Ms Aslan was
reported as saying. “If this brings the Hong Kong talks to the
knees we will be delighted,” it went on. The story was picked up by
top business websites, including Forbes.com.

Once again the newsmedia does it’s job, thoroughly vetting and fact checking stories before publishing them…

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