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10 news agencies punished for plagiarizing Yonhap articles

All News 11:18 June 09, 2016

SEOUL, June 9 (Yonhap) -- Ten local media outlets have come under fire for plagiarizing the articles of news wire service provider Yonhap News Agency, a local press ethics organization said on Thursday.

In the 898th committee meeting held last month, the Korea Press Ethics Commission decided to penalize ten news providers, including Sports World, the Moodeung Ilbo, Bridgenews and the Yeongnam Ilbo, for entirely or partly plagiarizing Yonhap's articles.

The ten agencies will be warned or cautioned by KPEC according to the severity of each company's article theft, the non-profit association of major Korean journalist organizations said.

A warning, the heavier response, was issued to Sports World for republishing without authorization a Yonhap article about two high school teachers in Busan who sexually harassed their students. Sports World put up the Yonhap article without notification or due payment on April 19, two days after Yonhap published the original article.

The other nine news services were issued cautions for illegally publishing Yonhap news articles after making minor changes, such as using different transition words. These stolen articles also went out under the names of the culprits' own reporters. Some did not specify any credit at all.

Since 1961, the KPEC has arbitrated and imposed sanctions on news service providers that are mired in press-related ethical issues, paving the way for a free and socially responsible media environment.

jwc@yna.co.kr
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