Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 14:33
Newspapers remove editor's stories amidst falsification claim
As a "precaution" AD will remove all articles written by Perdiep Ramesar from their own archives, said editor Christiaan Reusink. They will be removed from the website and from other archives. Journalist Perdiep Ramesar came into disrepute last year when more and more doubts arose about the sources on which he based his stories for newspaper Trouw. The paper therefore started an investigation. The results of the investigation were presented this weekend. Of the 1,100 stories that Ramesar wrote, Trouw will remove 126. Ramesar worked for AD before he started writing for Trouw. Reusink has decided not to do their own investigation. "We see this as something from the past. It took place long before the current chief editors were here. Ramesar is no longer with us and all his leading staff aren't here anymore. That is by chance - and has particularly to do with the reorganization of De Persgroep in 2009." Reusink does not want to speculate whether this happened in Ramesar's time with AD. "You will only know that if you do the same investigation as Trouw. All we know is that that report states that it possibly also happened before his time at the newspaper. Investigation should reveal that, but we are not doing one. It has been too long." Ramesar wrote about 800 articles in his time at the local newspaper. A lot of those are not under suspicion, because they were short stories or because he presented a demonstrably real person - a politician, a spokesman or a scientist.