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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