The sensational story that wasn’t: reports of ‘stoning’ death of Ukrainian girl turn out to be false

“The circumstances around the death of Kateryna Korin, a 19-year-old Ukrainian student on the Crimean peninsula, appeared to point to a made-for-tabloid tragedy: a young beauty-pageant contestant brutally killed by her admirer, a radical Islamist who chose to stone her to death under an unforgiving interpretation of Islamic law. There was just one small problem: They weren’t true.”

Farangis Najibullah reports on press coverage of the “Muslim girl stoned to death under Sharia law” – as the Daily Mail put it, with characteristic disregard for the facts.

RFE/RL, 3 June 2011