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April Fool’s joke makes Austrian headlines

AN April 1st hoax on SME's internet site made it to the business pages of Austrian daily Der Standard 6 months later on October 4, according to the daily SME.

SME on April 1st reported that a Canadian-American company ViaPort
intended to privatise Bratislava's airport. It further stated that the company would invest billions of Slovak crowns for the relocation of the village of Ivanka pri Dunaji because of the airport plans.

Meanwhile the Slovak media, including news wire TASR, news television station TA3 and the public service Slovak Television also reported the news, with references to the Austrian daily.

However, the internet version of SME clearly indicated that the story was published on April 1st and it had all the attributes of a joke.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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