World-renowned Indian-American journalist and author Fareed Zakaria has been suspended by CNN and Time magazine after he admitted to have plagiarized portions of an article that Jill Lepore wrote in the April 23rd issue of The New Yorker on gun control, for his 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.”The Mumbai born Zakaria had received his Master’s degree from Yale University and his PhD from Harvard University. 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, “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”.
Zakaria released a statement saying “It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault. I apologize unreservedly to her (Jill Lepore), to my editors at Time and CNN, and to my readers and viewers everywhere.”
Ironically, the forty eight year old Zakaria was honored with the Padma Bhushan in 2010 for his contribution to journalism.