Vybz Kartel escape story was just a joke — blogger

Jamaica Observer

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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A blogger who posted an erroneous claim that dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, had pulled off a dramatic escape from the New Horizon Adult Remand Centre, has confessed that it was a prank.

The hoax was posted on the website www.hypelife.com and went viral on social networks such as Facebook and twitter and was picked up by several leading news websites, some of whom have backtracked on the story after reading an Observer article which quoted Jamaican police stating that news of a jail break was a rumour.

But the blogger has branded those who jumped on the story without exercising due diligence as 'stupid'.

"I wrote the article for the sake of a good laugh. Now its on many major blogs and news outlets. As I said, it was just a joke and I didnt even think that people would be so stupid to believe anything in the story. They didn't even do their dillegence (sic) in following up in a journalistic capacity; which it's their fault. They went over the top," the blogger posted on Facebook.

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