The Insect Intelligencer, one of The Park’s oldest and most authoritative newspapers, has temporarily ceased publication in the wake of a scandal that has resulted in the arrest of five of its staff reporters.
The scandal, which broke over the weekend, involves five of the six journalists assigned to the newspaper’s Fly on the Wall feature. The mixture of out-of-Park news, gossip, and speculation debuted in 26 AZ (2007) and was an instant success. A year later, The Intelligencer’s editors made it a regular component of the paper, hiring six new journalists to feed its readership’s ever-increasing appetite for blood and dirt.
While, at first, the feature was considered entertaining and harmless, Fly on the Wall began to take on a more stinging tone and, last week, out-of-Park newspapers reported that two of the sources cited by the journalists had ended up in hospital. One has since been released; the other remains in critical condition due to an undisclosed illness.
A spokesanimal for The Intelligencer’s editor-in-chief, Fannia di Volo, expressed concern for their well-being, but stressed that no connection had, as yet, been established between the newspaper’s journalists and the health of their sources.
The five journalists are scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.