‘Gekaufte Journalisten’: The German Book that will Rock the World

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.


‘Bought Journalists’

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”.

Udo Ulfkotte Bought Journalists

Udo Ulfkotte, author of the book ‘Bought Journalists’.

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.

European Media

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’.

English Edition

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.

Author: Group Features Editor

James is the Group Features Editor for Agenda Daily managing the business, entertainment, lifestyle, technology and travel sections. After completing a degree in law, he decided that writing was his first love and has been a journalist for over three years working in magazines, TV, radio and online.

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  • Vline1

    When will this be available in English? Can’t wait to read it!!!

  • B2Bthatsme

    Never mind China’s propaganda press machine – us in the west have our own problems telling the truth but nobody cares or will ever do anything about it. It’s time eu countries reduced their reliance on the USA to prevent this type of extortion from happening! I know greedy journalists are also to blame but the whole system of reporting information and the way in which it’s transmitted to the public needs to be changed.

    • jollyroger

      Most Americans will never read this book, in fact only a few will do so. Those who really need to read this book have other things to consider like who’s going to win the Stupor Bowl.
      America’s news media is run the same way, in fact the CIA controls anybody of any worth inside the U.S. jews media.

      CNN= CIA News network.

      Hope this is soon available on Amazon.

      • carolina giannini

        “Most americans will never read this book”

      • carolina giannini

        “Most Americans will never read this book” Realest statement ever!
        Americans say that ignorance is a bliss, so most of all them, prefers to dismiss everything as “conspiracy theory” instead of paying real attention, to what is really happening in the world politically and socially.

  • MrB2B

    Absolutely shocking!!! Can’t believe this has actually happened/continues to happen within a society that continual brands itself as free, liberal and open. Freespeech? I think not!

  • hearditonthegrapevine

    Does not surprise me been witness to situations completely twisted by BBC so it ran with Government policy. In one case our trash tabloid ” the Daily Star” printed the true version in contradiction to the BBC so maybe in that case the journalist/editor was not bribed or blackmailed in time.

  • Jackie Dawson

    All reporters should have to get a licence and if its proved they lie, they lose their licence and cannot have a job in news or something like that.

  • dixi3150

    Would also love to read it……when will it be available?

  • Isaac

    I will buy the book as soon as its available.

  • GIVVO6_B

    It is an amazing book as he names names and gives amazing details. He will be writing two more books to follow this one. I have almost finished reading it and I recommend it to all even before it has been translated

  • Horst W. Mathies

    I like to buy the English Version. Where , when and how much?

  • gbossa_25

    While we’re waiting for the English edition (postponed again, now to May 2017), I highly recommend the book: “The Cultural Cold War,” by Frances Saunders. Amazing look at how the CIA manipulated public opinion in Europe during the cold war. No doubt the same types of media programs are being used on us at home. Excellent history that is almost totally unreported.