This month’s best-seller in Germany called ‘Gekaufte Journalisten’ or ‘Bought Journalists’ in English uncovers the practice of journalists being paid money to distort particular news stories.
The best-selling book which has become hugely popular in Germany and talks of bribery, spies and cover-ups could easily be mistaken for a script from a Bourne movie. According to the book’s author, ex-journalist Udo Ulfkotte, journalists can be bought to put a specific twist on news stories and that he was taught “to lie, to betray and not to tell the truth to the public”.
During his time working as the editor the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, Ulfkotte explains how he was secretly paid by the CIA and the German Secret Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst ) to spin particular news stories in a way that was positive for the United States and bad for its enemies.
For most people this will come as a shock but for German journalists, it’s not at all surprising: “I think that people who know nothing about the work of the media in Germany and in Europe as a whole, will be shocked. For those who still believe that our media is free and independent, reading this book will certainly be a shock, because it denies everything, what they believe” says Zuerst Oksenrayeter, chief editor of ‘Bought Journalists’.
The book is now ranked seventh in the list of best sellers in Germany with more and more people turning to it in an attempt to understand what is happening in German journalism. At present, the book is only available in German and can be ordered here. However, Agenda Daily can confirm that the book is in the process of being translated into English, Russian, Turkish and Hungarian.
Updates on the English release date to follow soon.