On Friday, CNN announced that it had fired one of its news editors for "multiple instances of plagiarism" in at least 50 articles on the news organization's site. Marie-Louise Gumuchian covered international news for CNN, including recent stories on the Ukraine crisis. She worked out of CNN's London bureau.
In an Editor's Note, CNN explained how they discovered the plagiarism:
An unpublished story flagged last week during our editing process led to an internal investigation that uncovered other examples in about 50 published stories, and our investigation is ongoing.
We've terminated Gumuchian's employment with CNN, and have removed the instances of plagiarism found in her pieces. In some cases, we've chosen to delete an entire article.
Muckrack's archive of her now-deleted Twitter account includes links to her coverage of the U.K.'s same-sex marriage laws, along with the kidnapped school girls crisis in Nigeria. She formerly covered Libya, East/West Africa, Italy and Ireland, according to her Twitter bio. However, it's still not known which the culprits in the plagiarism investigation.
CNN, along with Time Magazine, briefly suspended Fareed Zakaria following allegations that he plagiarized a New Yorker column in 2012. Eventually, the news organizations both cleared Zakaira following investigations into the charge, as the Huffington Post reported.
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