Press Gazette: Tabloids silent over filmmakers' hoax story claims

The Sun and Mirror today declined to comment on reports today that they were duped by documentary makers into publishing fake stories.

The Star and Express were also reportedly hoaxed by the makers of Starsuckers.

The film, which opens on 30 October, describes itself as "a feature documentary about the celebrity obsessed media, that uncovers the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid on the corporations and individuals who profit from it".

The filmmakers are now encouraging others to call into newspapers with fake stories saying: "For decades the tabloid press have made a fortune inventing tales of celebrity gossip. Now it’s your turn."

The makers of Starsuckers say they placed their fake stories by simply calling the tip-off numbers printed in tabloid newspapers.

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