Forbes Caught in Narnia News Release Hoax

Forbes republished an AFX News Release that looked like it came from the World Trade Organization and their negotiations with the country of Narnia. AFX has sinced published a retraction. Full copy below the cut.

WTO MEETING – Narnia walks out of talks; says tired of EU, US ‘bullying’

HONG KONG (AFX) – The independent state of Narnia has walked out of trade negotiations here, citing pressure from the European Union and the US to enforce liberalization of its garment-related sector.

Narnian spokeswoman Susan Aslan said in a statement that delegates ‘were tired of bullying by EU and US delegations and would be returning immediately to their state capital at Cair Parvel.’

‘If this brings the Hong Kong talks to the knees we will be delighted. Many other delegates told us they are sick of the eternal Lamy winter and are longing for a new trade spring,’ Aslan said.

The walkout was a first in this round of talks, and follows a similar move by some developing country delegates at the Cancun summit two years ago, the statement said.