The New York Times has been pressured to scrutinise its reporting on Islamic State (IS) in a preferred podcast concerning the terror group, after a supply was charged with mendacity about his expertise.
Canadian Shehroze Chaudhry, 25, was arrested by police on Friday, and stands accused of hoax-terrorist exercise.
Mr Chaudhry was a key voice within the Times’ Caliphate collection.
Police allege he made up his story.
The New York Times mentioned it would report again following the “fresh examination” of how Mr Chaudhry was characterised within the podcast episodes.
Questions over Mr Chaudhry’s tales of the Islamic State first emerged after he gave interviews to Canadian and American information retailers with contradictory data.
The Canadian broadcaster CBC used his alleged jihadi identify, Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi in a 2017 report, through which he described lashing a person with a whip as a part of his duties for IS, however mentioned he by no means killed anybody.
His account prompted a debate within the House of Commons, when the opposition questioned why he was allowed to nonetheless reside in Canada.
Then, in 2018, the New York Times aired an interview with him on their podcast collection Caliphate, through which Mr Chaudhry mentioned he had executed folks for IS.
The conflicting accounts prompted CBC reporter Nazim Baksh to doubt the veracity of Mr Chaudhry’s story.
“I was shocked – wondering, ‘Did he lie to me?'” Mr Baksh mentioned in a follow-up story in 2018.
Mr Chaudhry was arrested by Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Friday following a prolonged investigation that uncovered no hyperlinks between the Canadian and IS.
The “hoax-terrorist activity” cost towards him is usually used for faux bomb threats and carries a sentence of as much as 5 years.
“Hoaxes can generate fear within our communities and create the illusion there is a potential threat to Canadians, while we have determined otherwise,” mentioned RCMP Superintendent Christopher deGale.
“The RCMP takes these allegations very seriously, particularly when individuals, by their actions, cause the police to enter into investigations in which human and financial resources are invested and diverted from other ongoing priorities.”
The New York Times instructed BBC that its reporters have confirmed that Mr Chaudhry misled the newspaper concerning the dates of his journey to Syria, and the timeline of his purported radicalisation.
The newspaper mentioned its journalists have been in a position to geolocate a photograph of Mr Chaudhry to the banks of the Euphrates river in Syria, indicating he was within the war-torn nation in some unspecified time in the future.
On Wednesday, the Times issued a press release, saying although the “uncertainty about Abu Huzayfah’s story was explored directly” within the Caliphate episodes he featured in, his arrest “raised new and important questions about him and his motivations”.
“We’re undertaking a fresh examination of his history and the way we presented him in our series,” it continued.
Mr Chaudhry is because of seem in court docket on 16 November.