Noted Indian-American journalist and author Fareed Zakaria has been suspended by CNN and Time magazine after he admitted to having plagiarised from The New Yorker portions of an article he wrote on gun control for the August 20 issue of Time .
Mr. Zakaria issued an apology, saying he had made a “terrible mistake” and his lifting a paragraph from the article of Harvard University professor of American History Jill Lepore was an “ethical lapse.”
Time said it was suspending Mr. Zakaria’s column for a month, pending review. “ Time accepts Fareed’s apology, but what he did violates our own standards for our columnists: their work must not only be factual but original; their views must not only be their own but their words as well,” Ali Zelenko, a spokeswoman for the magazine, said.
CNN, where Mr. Zakaria hosts a weekly foreign affairs show, Fareed Zakaria GPS, said it would suspend it for an indefinite period. “We have reviewed Fareed Zakaria’s Time column... He wrote a shorter blog post on CNN.com on the same issue, which included similar unattributed excerpts. That... post has been removed, and CNN has suspended Fareed Zakaria while this matter is under review,” it said.
In a statement, Mr. Zakaria said: “Media reporters have pointed out that paragraphs in my Time column on gun control, which was also a topic of conversation on this blog, bear close similarities to paragraphs in Jill Lepore’s essay in the April 23rd issue of The New Yorker . They are right. I made a terrible mistake.”
“It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault. I apologise unreservedly to her, to my editors at Time and CNN, and to my readers and viewers everywhere.”
A frequent commentator on issues related to international relations, trade and American foreign policy, the Mumbai-born Zakaria, 48, was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2010 for his contribution to journalism.
He was managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, editor of Newsweek International for 10 years before moving to CNN in 2010.
Fred Hiatt, The Washington Post ’s editorial page editor, said he would start examining Zakaria’s work. “Fareed Zakaria is a valued contributor. We’ve never had any reason to doubt the integrity of his work for us. Given his acknowledgment today, we intend to review his work with him.” — PTI