NST must probe group editors alleged plagiarism

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I am sure journalists in the country would have been shocked by the revelation by www.jeffooi.com and www.rockybru.blogspot that the group editor of the New Straits Times , Brendan Pereira, had allegedly plagiarised an article written by Detroit Free Press columnist, Mitch Albom.

Pereira's article yesterday is starkly similar to the one written by Albom entitled Remembering the day before the day which appeared on Sept 10.

Many journalists believe that this is plagiarism, the most serious crime in journalism. As a reader of NST , I demand that the NST board of directors immediately convene a domestic inquiry on this matter. If found guilty, Pereira must be immediately sacked.

Plagiarism cannot be tolerated. This is the cardinal principle of journalism. There were many cases of plagiarism the world over, and in most cases the journalists involved resigned immediately.

This is an embarrassing episode in Malaysia's history of journalism. I have lost faith in NST . Pereira must be made to answer.

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