The Pulitzer Prize Board stated on Tuesday that it could not acknowledge the New York Occasions podcast “Caliphate” and a associated article as a 2019 Pulitzer finalist. The board stripped The Occasions of its finalist standing 4 days after the information group introduced that the 2018 audio sequence didn’t meet its requirements for accuracy.
“Caliphate” and the associated report, “The ISIS Information,” by the podcast’s co-host Rukmini Callimachi, had been named finalists within the Pulitzer Prize’s worldwide class final 12 months. After an inner investigation that ended on Friday, The Occasions contacted the Pulitzer board and provided to surrender the finalist quotation.
“Upon evaluate, the Pulitzer Prize Board has accepted The Occasions’s motion and rescinded its designation as a 2019 Pulitzer finalist,” the Pulitzer board stated in a press release on Tuesday.
An announcement from The Occasions on Tuesday stated, “Given our conclusion that core parts of ‘Caliphate’ didn’t stay as much as our editorial requirements, we felt the suitable factor to do was to supply to return the Pulitzer finalist quotation.”
“Caliphate” gained two journalism honors in 2019, an Abroad Press Membership prize and a Peabody Award. On Friday, when The Occasions introduced the outcomes of its evaluate, the Abroad Press Membership rescinded its award, and the chief director of the Peabody Awards accepted The Occasions’s provide to return the Peabody.
The Occasions’s evaluate discovered that “Caliphate,” a 12-part audio documentary concerning the Islamic State, gave an excessive amount of credence to the false or exaggerated account of considered one of its most important topics, Shehroze Chaudhry, a Canadian who claimed to have taken half in atrocities. The Occasions began inspecting the podcast after Mr. Chaudhry was arrested by Canadian authorities on Sept. 25 below a terrorism hoax legislation.
The Occasions appended an editors’ word to “Caliphate” and added editors’ notes describing issues with two articles by Ms. Callimachi in 2014 and 2019. (“The ISIS Information” doesn’t have an editors’ word connected to it.)
Each episode of “Caliphate” now begins with a correction learn by Michael Barbaro, the host of the podcast “The Day by day,” who tells listeners that the chapters on Mr. Chaudhry “didn’t meet our requirements for accuracy.” A brand new installment, “An Examination of ‘Caliphate,’” has additionally been added to the sequence. It contains an interview with Dean Baquet, the chief editor of The Occasions. Within the interview, Mr. Baquet raised the chance that Mr. Chaudhry had “duped” The Occasions, however stated the information group was at fault.
“Look, there was a widely known reporter concerned in it — Rukmini Callimachi,” he stated within the interview. “However this failing isn’t about anyone reporter. I feel this was an institutional failing.”
Mr. Baquet stated final week that Ms. Callimachi would stay a reporter at The Occasions, however would not cowl terrorism. She joined the paper in 2014 after profitable journalism awards for her work as a international correspondent at The Related Press.