Alexandra Föderl-Schmid is putting her work on hold for the time being
After more than 24 hours of uncertainty, the media industry is breathing a sigh of relief: Alexandra Föderl-Schmid is alive. Süddeutsche Verlag confirms this to HORIZONT. The deputy editor-in-chief of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, who had been missing since Thursday morning, was found alive on Friday.
“The editors and publishers of the Süddeutsche Zeitung are extremely relieved and happy that their deputy editor-in-chief Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, who was reported missing since Thursday morning, was found by the police in Braunau, Austria. She was taken to hospital with hypothermia. Out of consideration for our colleague and hers “The editorial team will not comment on the case for the time being,” Süddeutsche Verlag told HORIZONT.
The Upper Austrian State Police Directorate did not give HORIZONT a name for data protection reasons, but confirmed that a hypothermic person was found under a bridge on the Inn and was taken to a hospital. The person is out of danger. There is now great relief at the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Our thanks go to the police and all the helpers who were involved in the search. The editorial team and publisher are also grateful for the sympathy of many readers and ask for your understanding that after anxious hours of uncertainty and moments of shock, at this point in time we can only “To express our relief,” the media company said. The editorial team and publisher are currently in close contact with the family in order to support them if necessary.
After the good news from Friday afternoon, a weight will be lifted off many people’s hearts. On Thursday, fears were raised that the journalist may have committed suicide. The trigger was a search operation by the Munich police on both sides of the Inn. The journalist’s items are said to have been found in the water in the border river between Germany and Austria, which is currently six degrees cold, and witnesses also saw a woman in the water, it was said on Thursday. The police later also found Föderl-Schmid’s empty vehicle and a farewell letter – after a few turbulent days. It was only on Monday that the deputy editor-in-chief of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, who has been in office since July 2020, temporarily withdrew from day-to-day operations.
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Nius commissioned the SZ deputy editor-in-chief to check for plagiarism
The next piece of the puzzle in the case of the temporary withdrawal of the deputy editor-in-chief of the Süddeutsche Zeitung: The plagiarism check of her doctoral thesis has been commissioned by another medium. …
The reason was allegations of plagiarism that had been made against the journalist. These first appeared in December. At that time, the industry service “Medieninsider” reported on Föderl-Schmid’s supposedly incorrect handling of journalistic sources. The editor-in-chief later admitted this. Recently, further allegations of plagiarism have been made in relation to Föderl-Schmid’s doctoral thesis. It has been known since Tuesday that the right-wing populist media portal Nius commissioned the Austrian communications scientist Stefan Weber to check for plagiarism from ex-Bild editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt. According to a report by the “HE DOES” received an email from Föderl-Schmid on Thursday morning at 4:33 a.m. In this she is said to have written that she had “learned a lot about media, mechanisms, people and business”. “At least this hunt is over,” the “FAZ” quotes from the email that the plagiarism expert shared on his X account. The entry can no longer be found.
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