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Nation Media Group in Shameless Plagiarism

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I call shenanigans! Forget what I said about the Daily Nation not paying their sub-editors enough. It turns out that they probably don’t have any journalists at all. It’s probably just the editor’s pimply college dropout kid, Googling for news in between surfing for porn.

Kayliz at Let’s Explore
tells how members of a forum he belongs to noticed that one of their articles had been printed in both the Daily Nation and the East African, without the permission of the article writers and without attribution. Call it theft, call it plagiarism, just don’t call it journalism.

To make matters worse, when forum members contacted Nation Media Group (NMG) to complain about the unauthorised use of their work, they were threatened. Not big, not clever, not cool, NMG. Not cool at all.

I know for a fact that this isn’t the first time NMG have done this and thought they could get away with it. Does anyone recall reading an article about women having babies without wanting to be in a relationship with the fathers? It would have appeared in the Daily Nation around the middle to end of October. Well, that article was lifted entirely from the Sunday Times (UK), which I had read earlier. The article has now disappeared from the Daily Nation website. I guess Rupert Murdoch is a bit scarier than some internet authors.

For shame, NMG. For shame. As a media organisation, you ought to know better. Whatever happened to journalistic integrity? Schoolchildren know that they shouldn’t try to pass somebody else’s work as their own; why the hell is this point so difficult to grasp for supposedly intelligent journalists. And why the threats when you’re caught out? What are you going to do: claim copyright after the fact? Please. Own up to your mistake, apologise to the authors (who have every right to sue you to the back of beyond, by the way) and remember that we are watching you.

After this disgraceful behaviour, we should all be watching very closely.

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5 Comments

  1. kayliz says:

    Thanks for the mention. What you speak of is very grave.
    Is there a possibility that NMG paid for the article off the Sunday Times? I think it would be incredibly stupid if they just stole it.

    Anyway, I got a response from a person at NMG, you can see it on my blog. What do you think?

    It turns out that they probably don’t have any journalists at all. It’s probably just the editor’s pimply college dropout kid, Googling for news in between surfing for porn.
    I love how you put that, you write beautifully.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I love how you put that, you write beautifully
    Why, thank you!

    Well, the message from Charles Onyango-Obbo, the Managing Editor, to Bidii members states that they have syndication deals in place, but that doesn’t explain why the article in question has now disappeared off the website?

    And that still doesn’t answer the important questions: where are the sub-editors, and why are NMG journalists pilfering work?

    Perhaps Mr Onyango-Obbo will be back to elaborate.

  3. kayliz says:

    Yes, there’s still a lot of unanswered questions. I think I understand how Bidii articles could have ended up there.
    But the Sunday Times, The Clay Muganda saga, and other reports of plagiarism go unanswered.
    I’m starting to think that while there may be a few good people in the NMG, the majority don’t know what they’re doing and are just plain incompetent.

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