Here’s How CNN Fires the News Editor Over Plagiarism Case

By  //  August 13, 2020

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Writers and people don’t think plagiarism is important, but could one believe that plagiarism has ruined the career of an editor in one of the largest media groups, CNN?

Writers and people don’t think plagiarism is important, but could one believe that plagiarism has ruined the career of an editor in one of the largest media groups, CNN?

In the London office of CNN, the company fired its news editor over the plagiarism allegations. This news was officially announced in the editorial section of the newspaper.

An internal investigation in the London office found that Marie-Louise Gumuchian, the news editor, published nearly 50 articles, most of which contained plagiarism; in these 50 articles, there were about 128 cases of plagiarism, and the cases have not been confirmed because the case was not yet closed at the time of reporting.

During the investigation, it was determined that most of the plagiarized content originated from the source of Reuters. The CNN official confirms that he has removed all of the plagiarized material and in some cases, where necessary, has removed all sections. Also, the officials apologize through an official statement from CNN as written below:

“Paying tribute to trust, integrity and simply where appropriate is one of the principles of journalism we cherish and we regret that we have published material that does not reflect these essential standards,”

However, the source also clarified to CNN that she had not received any complaints about the plagiarism discovered during a routine check of the performance.

Initially, only two or three cases of plagiarism were found, but as the investigation expanded, the cases were moved upwards. Sources say the analysis team found something different and strange in Gumuchian’s story when they read the paragraph.

After finding it strange, they added it to Google, where they found similarities with the content on Reuters. When asked by the editor, she explained it was the same language because she had worked at Reuters for nine years before. She did not comment further on the case but agreed to the investigation.

Gumuchian’s colleagues at Reuters said some positive things about her, saying they never found anything disbelieving about her while she had a good career, while she was also amazing in her interview.

The spokeswoman for the Reuter Foundation also said she had never encountered a similar concern in the career of the writer, who had worked loyally and hard for nine years.

The Gumuchian was fired for publishing the plagiarized content even after the availability of plagiarism checkers. This is the reason why writers should use the plagiarism checker online before publishing their content over internet. 

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