Dawn Falls To Plagiarism.

Plagiarism is the word, our leading newspapers may spell it C-o-n-v-e-n-i-e-n-c-e (due to easy availability) but it’s Plagiarism and nothing more or less. The practice is getting very common in this country several low-budget magazines and newspapers are literary living on plagiarism but it feels really dark when such a breach of journalistic ethics comes from a Pakistan’s leading news paper, Dawn. On the 7 of April in a weekly issue of their Business and Reviews section appeared a picture, a picture which was originally taken by me and was used in one of my posts at KMB. This picture printed in monochrome had a barely visible KMB monogram and the portion where I had originally mention my name and the date the shot was taken on was so blurred that the information was totally illegible. There were no image credits in print anywhere in the article or by the picture, we were not notified and no permissions were asked for. The articles and the images shared on KMB are governed by Creative Commons (Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported ) and the attributions allow sharing only for only non commercial purposes. But the newspaper is a commercial entity.  

But it’s really not about my rights being violated, but more importantly it is about a leading newspaper which is out there to set an example for others and sadly it does not follow basic journalistic ethics it’s self. No wonder we are a country known for frauds, cheating, and pirating all over the world.  

10 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on April 13th, 2008 @ 12:43 am

    well start watermarking in the center of the picture, they won’t be able to crop that

  2. Kashif Aziz (kashaziz) on April 13th, 2008 @ 1:25 am

    It doesn’t (and shouldn’t) hurt to give credits. They should have mentioned the source of images.

  3. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 13th, 2008 @ 1:37 am

    journalistic integrity is an extinct species in Pakistan.

  4. wildanjel on April 13th, 2008 @ 2:22 am

    Plagiarism is regarded almost as crime in education here in UK. You people should define any rule. Making a watermark is not a solution, make rules instead so that permission is required before using the creative work. Watermarking will be a hurdle in spreading creative works. Think if you have define any rule so they would have appreciated the source.

    Thinking so extremely should not be the first option, so think before taking any step.

  5. starkcontrast (stabani) on April 13th, 2008 @ 2:53 am

    Seriously. Our Level of Journalism is nothing more then sensationalism. Integrity in Journalism is an art lost to the times :)

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 13th, 2008 @ 10:42 am

    dark when such a breach of journalistic ethics comes from a Pakistan’s leading news paper

    How can we even associate ethics with DAWN which publishes articles of critique whiner Nadeem.F(reak).Paracha?

  7. bozz on April 13th, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

    Plagiarism – Ethics – Integrity – Rules, some of the words I read above. Guys seriously what do you expect? Dawn is after all a Pakistani, is it not? So then how and why do you expect those attributes that we ourselves lack in the first place?

  8. MB (kar_munib) on April 13th, 2008 @ 3:13 pm


    the more KMB material is copied the more we are confident they READ us

    WAY TO GO!!

  9. mqpasta on April 13th, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

    I agree with you but I have strong objection on your sentence "No wonder we are a country known for frauds, cheating, and pirating all over the world" … just because of few people ? can you tell me the ratio of corrupt people around you? I can bid it will be less than 5% … as 95% people are power less but honest …

  10. seskey on April 14th, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

    DAWN is not published from heaven, neither it is word of god, like 99% of us pakistanis they are also humans so temptation to cheat is always there, i disagree with mqpasta honest would only be those who do not get any opportunity

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