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April Fool's joke makes Austrian headlines

AN April 1st hoax on SME's internet site appeared in the business pages of the Austrian daily Der Standard six 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 Ivánka pri Dunaji because of the airport plans.

Meanwhile the Slovak media, including news wire TASR, news television station TA3, and 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 had all the attributes of a joke.

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