22:38 GMT26 January 2020
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    The international community is holding its breath for the Nobel Peace Prize laureates to be revealed, but Norwegian national broadcaster NRK might have already let the cat out of the bag.

    During a news bulletin on Friday morning, NRK reported via its news ticker the Nobel Peace Prize was being awarded to Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi. This text appeared as NRK’s foreign policy chief Knut Magnus Berge dwelled on this year’s favorites for the Nobel Peace Prize and remained visible for several seconds.

    NRK’s moving text also "revealed" that Moniz and Salehi had been awarded the prize for the nuclear agreement, according to which Iran is poised to reduce its nuclear program.

    Viewers assumed it was an accidental disclosure of the laureates, but NRK vehemently denied this.

    "It was nothing but a mistake. What happened is that we were preparing ourselves for the announcement by making up some final lines on the basis of different possible winners. By mistake, one of them was released for a few seconds. This was neither guesswork nor disclosure. It simply was a mistake," Stein Bjøntegård, a publishing editor at NRK, told Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.

    - ​We have no way of knowing who will win the Nobel Peace Prize, NRK editor Stein Bjøntegård says.


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