CNN has fired a news editor after they discovered around 50 instances of plagiarism in her articles.
Marie-Louise Gumuchian has been terminated after CNN’s internal investigation. According to the company, Gumuchian wrote frequently about international events–especially in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. She worked out of CNN’s London bureau.
CNN says that they’ve edited out plagiarized passages from her stories, and have even had to yank some stories altogether. CNN isn’t giving any more specifics on which stories have been flagged and edited/removed.
Here’s CNN’s full statement:
CNN has discovered multiple instances of plagiarism by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, a former CNN news editor. She wrote frequently about international news, writing and reporting about Africa, Europe, and the Middle East from our London bureau.
An unpublished story flagged last week during our editing process led to an internal investigation that uncovered other examples in about 50 published stories, and our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.
Trust, integrity and simply giving credit where it’s due are among the tenets of journalism we hold dear, and we regret that we published material that did not reflect those essential standards.
We also believe in letting audiences know when we’ve remedied situations that threaten to compromise that trust.
Gumuchian also spent some time writing for Reuters.
Image via Wikimedia Commons