CNN fires London news editor after finding plagiarism in 50 articles

By Daniel S Levine,

CNN announced today that it has fired Marie-Louise Gumuchian, a news editor working at the network’s London bureau. The network said that it found plagiarism in around 50 articles she wrote.

In an editor’s note posted on CNN International, CNN said that her stories were flagged last week for possible instances of plagiarism. That lead to an internal investigation, which is still ongoing.

Portions of Gumuchian’s stories with plagiarism were removed, although some stories had to be removed altogether.

A source for Mashable said that CNN regularly scans its published stories for plagiarism and one of these regular checks had flagged Gumuchian’s work. The source said that the plagiarism ranged from copying sentences to complete paragraphs.

Gumuchian reported on mostly international stories and had only been at CNN for six months. She previously worked at Reuters for six years. She has also shut down her Twitter account.

“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,” CNN’s editing team wrote. “We also believe in letting audiences know when we've remedied situations that threaten to compromise that trust.”



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