Anti-globalization group prints fake German paper

Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:07pm EDT
 
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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's leading liberal newspaper Die Zeit on Monday condemned the anti-globalization group ATTAC for publishing a spoof edition of the venerable weekly that included a fake report saying NATO had disbanded.

A spokeswoman for Die Zeit criticized ATTAC for distributing 150,000 copies of the eight-page replica newspaper dated May 1, 2010 in 100 cities across Germany over the weekend.

"We're not at all pleased that the 'Die Zeit' logo was used without permission," spokeswoman Silvi Runde said. But the Hamburg-based weekly -- co-published by ex Social Democrat Chancellor Helmut Schmidt -- plans no legal action, she added.

The fake newspaper also included a report proclaiming that world leaders had agreed to end "casino capitalism" and that poor countries had been relieved of their debts.

"We wrote stories that we would like to really read one day in the future," Jutta Sundermann, an ATTAC activist, said in a statement. "It's not a distant paradise, but rather concrete changes which are possible and realistic."

ATTAC said they spent 15,000 euros ($20,470), mostly paid by donors, to publish the fake newspaper.

(Reporting by Franziska Scheven, editing by Tim Pearce)