Time columnist Zakaria suspended for plagiarism
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Time columnist Zakaria suspended for plagiarism

Noted Indian-American journalist and author Fareed Zakaria has been suspended by his employers CNN and Time magazine after he admitted to plagiarism and apologised for the ethical lapse.

world Updated: Aug 12, 2012 02:00 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times

Time magazine and CNN on Friday suspended columnist and TV host Fareed Zakaria after he admitted to “similarities” between a piece he wrote this week and an article carried by another publication.

The TimeWarner-owned news outlets also pulled out the pieces, announcing the suspension was for a month and “pending further review”.

Zakaria, an Indian-American and son of late politician and writer Rafique Zakaria, wrote a weekly column for Time and hosted a Sunday show for CNN. https://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/8/12-08-12-pg-01c.jpg

His last column in Time — The case for gun control — written after the Wisconsin gurdwara shooting, was found too similar to Jill Lepore’s essay in the April 23 issue of The New Yorker.

Zakaria, who was caught by by a media tracking website, owned up. “I made a terrible mistake. It’s a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault. I apologise unreservedly to her (Lepore), to my editors at Time, and to my readers.”

Time accepted the apology, but still suspended Zakaria.

First Published: Aug 11, 2012 09:27 IST