Who are Iver Shovel and Flora Lopi? We explain The Guardian‘s Suez 2 April Fool’s.
This 1 April 2021 has seen journalism giant The Guardian play a prank on their readers.
The article references the construction of a second Suez Canal, in response to its blockage in March 2021. From 23 to 29 March, the Golden-class container ship Ever Given was accidentally grounded in the Suez Canal, causing severe disruption.
The Guardian name-drops Iver Shovel
In The Guardian’s article from 1 April 2021, they discuss the UN’s plans for Suez 2. They state: “The UN had previously commissioned a feasibility study from the international tunnelling company OFP Lariol.”
The study’s author is reportedly Iver Shovel.
The article also makes reference to Mo Sez, a regional expert in water division management.
Both these experts appear to be fake, given the article is nothing more than a prank on its readership.
Who is Flora Lopi?
Flora Lopi is the author of The Guardian article.
We found Flora’s Twitter account, which was created 1 April 2021. In her bio she describes herself as a “Trainee” at The Guardian.
It can be taken that Flora Lopi is not actually a real journalist, given that the article is now tagged with April Fool’s Day. But that hasn’t stopped Flora from having her fun on Twitter.
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