Influential German news weekly Der Spiegel said it has suspended two senior editors following the scandal involving a reporter who admitted faking stories for years.

The company said the contracts of Ullrich Fichtner, an editor in chief, and Matthias Geyer, a chief editor, had been suspended.

The suspension "will remain until the (magazine's) internal commission has completed its investigation into the affair," the editor in chief Steffen Klusmann said in an internal letter.

Earlier this month, Der Spiegel stunned the media world by revealing that one of its award-winning reporters had falsified stories for years.

Claas Relotius, 33, resigned this month after admitting he had made up stories and invented protagonists in more than a dozen articles in the magazine's print and online editions.

"The Relotius affair raises the question as to whether [Mr Ullrich and Mr Fichtner] can continue in their jobs after such a disaster," said Mr Klusmann.

"The first discovered it for Der Spiegel, the second hired him and was until recently his superior.

"We could now hold to account anyone who has dealt with Mr Relotius, and that could continue up to the top of the hierarchy," he said.

Der Spiegel said last weekend that a criminal complaint would be filed against Mr Relotius after it emerged he may also have embezzled donations intended for Syrian street children.

Mr Relotius has denied those accusations.