A blog purportedly written by a gay woman in Syria, which described life in Damascas amid the current political unrest, has been revealed to be a hoax.
A Girl Gay in Damascus gained a worldwide readership and was closely followed by news organisations.
But the true author has now come forward - Tom MacMaster, an American man studying in Scotland.
Many Syrian activists have reacted angrily, accusing him of trivialising or even harming their cause.
"One day if I'm kidnapped by my government, many readers won't care because I could turn out to be another Amina," wrote one Lebanese blogger. Read more