Nordjyske Pulls Donkey Boy Story after Witness Retracts Statement

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 12:00

In a turn of events, the Danish newspaper Nordjyske had to pull its story of the Donkey Boy accident offline after its witness withdrew her statement.

The article caused much upheaval in Denmark and the Danish equestrian social media were flooded with hundreds of reactions to the story.

On 9 November 2022, Nordjyske posted the following statement on its website:

Nordjyske regrets article about Helgstrand

The eyewitness withdraws her explanation, and the article about the accident in the stable at Helgstrand Dressage has therefore been unpublished

In an article published on Monday evening 7 November 2022 on and 8 November in Nordjyske Stiftstidende, an eyewitness said that she saw how the horse Donkey Boy was injured in the stable at Helgstrand Dressage. The article has caused strong reactions from people around Helgstrand Dressage and after publication the source has retracted her explanation.

Over the course of five weeks, we have been in continuous contact with and conducted a taped interview with the source in question, and at no time have we had reason to doubt the source's credibility.

But since the source has chosen no longer to stand by her eyewitness account, Nordjyske finds it necessary to unpublish the article. Nordjyske apologizes.

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