Culture of plagiarism at Jang Group

Jul 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV, ISPR, Jang

Sana BuchaBelow is the opening paragraph from an article in the 14 July edition of British newspaper The Economist.

EVEN at the best of times it would have seemed unusual for America’s embassy in Islamabad to organise its recent gathering for “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender” people. Given the grim state of bilateral relations, the meeting looked downright provocative. Some in Pakistan’s religiously conservative society promptly accused America of conspiring to attack them by spreading outrageously liberal sexual views. One Islamic political party called it “cultural terrorism”.

And here is the opening paragraph from Sana Bucha’s opinion piece of 17 July in The News (Jang Group):

Even at the best of times between Pakistan and the US it would seem unusual for the latter’s embassy in Islamabad to organise a recent gathering for homosexuals. While some in the country accused the US of conspiring to contaminate our so-called conservative society, another political party dismissed this vulgarity as “cultural terrorism”. As if this was not damaging enough to the relationship, Washington also decided to hold back on Pakistan’s military aid amounting to 800 million dollars. India gloated, but a sulk set in powerful quarters of Islamabad.

Look familiar? No, Sana Bucha has not started writing for The Economist. But she has found herself in the spotlight lately as allegations are breaking that she has plagiarised from the British newspaper, trying to pass off someone else’s work as her own.

It should also be noted that Sana Bucha was one of 20 journalists invited to a secret briefing by ISPR following the Abbottabad fiasco. As Adnoon Farooq notes in his column for Viewpoint, this points to lack of professional ethics.

These journalists and anchorpersons may find no moral dilemma in attending the ISPR briefings. However, it is not a professional routine in line with journalistic ethics to attend a ‘briefing’ on such a vital issue as Abbottabad operation against Osama bin Laden, an event making global headlines, and hide it from their audiences.

The point of this post is not to demonize Sana Bucha. She was not the only journalist attending secret ISPR briefings, and she is not the only journalist at Jang Group to face allegations of plagiaraism.

In May of this year, Geo was caught apparently plagiarising an AFP article and removing references to the original media group so that it would not be noticed. One month earlier in April, The News (Jang Group) appeared to have plagiarised an article by a former CIA agent.

The question must be asked whether there a lack of professional ethics at Jang Group that has allowed a culture of plagiarism to grow at the media giant? This question is vital because it gets to a point far more important than whether Jang employees are stealing from other media groups which is why aren’t Jang reporters doing their own research? Why are they relying on talking points from government agencies and pieces in foreign media?

When people pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV, they expect that the journalist they are reading or listening to will be telling them information that they have researched and verified themselves, not just parroting what they have heard somewhere else. One is professional journalism. The other is just gossip. Does Jang Group know the difference?

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  1. What utter crap. You people need to find something better to do. The problem with the Pakistani nation is that they like to critique and comment without reading and analyzing. Everyone will jump to criticize without looking at the facts. Sana is a senior journalist, with a decade of experience in doing what she does. I remember reading pieces by her 8-9 years ago in Newsline. And frankly Mr. Saeed Shah – the Economist dude is a sorry nobody and we shouldn’t flatter him by alleging that someone copied from his piece. Sana is far bigger a journalist and a celebrity than Saeed Shah would ever be!

    So for you kids out here with nothing to do, let me break it down for you. Economist published Saeed Shah’s article on the 14th, while Sana’s article was published on the 17th- a Sunday. Any senior journalist writing for a newspaper knows that Sunday columns are finalized on Friday hence it must have been sent in on the 15th (Friday). In one day, Economist is not even searchable on the internet since Google takes at least 2 days to index a page and since Saeed Shah’s article is from the Print Edition, Economist would have published it on Monday in Print i.e. 18th of July. Hence, not possible to plagiarize.

    Secondly, the following are the similarities:

    Sana’s Article:

    When ‘incredibles’ sulk!

    Even at the best of times between Pakistan and the US it would seem unusual
    for the latter’s embassy in Islamabad to organise a recent gathering for
    homosexuals. While some in the country accused the US of conspiring to
    contaminate our so-called conservative society, another political party
    dismissed this vulgarity as “cultural terrorism”.

    Economist Article by Saeed Shah:

    In a sulk

    EVEN at the best of times it would have seemed unusual for America’s embassy
    in Islamabad to organise its recent gathering for “gay, lesbian, bisexual
    and transgender” people. Given the grim state of bilateral relations, the
    meeting looked downright provocative. Some in Pakistan’s religiously
    conservative society promptly accused America of conspiring to attack them
    by spreading outrageously liberal sexual views. One Islamic political party
    called it “cultural terrorism”.

    Similarities:
    Sulk
    Even at the best of times
    Cultural Terrorism

    1. Sulk is used as a theme not by Economist but originally by Ayaz Amir in his column titled “The Long Sulk” printed on June 17 in The News (http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=53032&Cat=9). And I don’t think ‘Sulk’ as a word has been copyrighted by anyone. Moreover, the same day as of the Economist article, Shandana Minhas wrote a column called “Sulk, burn” printed in The News (http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=57807&Cat=9).

    2.Even at the best of times is an idiom! For God’s Sake! You all have internet, search. There are numerous articles beginning with this idiom. Maybe Al-Jazeera should sue Economist’s Saeed Shah for plagiarizing their article published on 28 Feb (http://blogs.aljazeera.net/asia/2011/02/28/it-adios-amigo-pak-us-relations) which starts: “Even at the best of times, Pakistan-US relations have been marred by mistrust.” And is extremely similar to the Economist article.

    3. “Cultural Terrorism” is a phrase coined by Jamat-e-Islami while reacting to the American Gay Party! Also search the internet. The term was used lavishly by Pakistani and international authors and publications:
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/202301/protests-in-pakistan-over-us-gay-rights-event/
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14010106
    http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/07/05/156134.html

    Here on in, the Economist Article is on US-Pakistan relationship and The News article focuses on Karachi, Zulfiqar Mirza and Malik Ishaque. Frankly, The Economist article is way boring than The News one!

    Lastly, really do you think an Experienced and Honest Journalist like Sana would be stupid enough to copy paste from an article? The Economist piece is hardly inspirational when his first paragraph reads “similar to” Jamaat-e-Islami’s press release and then followed by Ghalib Sultan’s blog on the 5th of July. (http://ghalibsultan.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/).

    Has anyone wondered if this could be a coincidence? Since the order of stories in both articles is exactly the way they unfolded over the week! Sheesh!

    And for the so called pseudo journos here who think they know journalism. Isn’t the fundamental rule is to never accuse someone unless you have taken their point of view or someone representing them has given their point of view? And then you choose to criticize.
    Go do something useful.

    There are a handful of journalists left in this industry who are not tainted by political parties or the establishment. Let them do their jobs.

  2. I think “Manzoor Watoo” is sana bucha herself 😛 trying to defend herself with cheap ways 😀

  3. Looks like Sana has a v. jealous admirer…and a politician no less!!!! :))))))

  4. how despicable! the manzoor wattoo comment is on every site in sana’s defense. its so obvious that she lifted the article.. sharam ana chahiye itni saaf saaf naqal ko defend kartay huay…
    anybody can do a better job by honesty. this is theft and dishonesty.

  5. Manzoor Wattoo sahib, I did not know that your other name was Sana Buch. Even a seven year old can tell that the lengthy ‘defense dossier’ published above has been concieved and created by none else but Ms Bucha herself. Why impersonify Mr Wattoo? have some moral courage sana, accept your mistake and apologise (instead of giving foolish justifications under false names)

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  8. Waiting for response from Mr Watto alias Sana Bucha to Mr Saeed A Khan’s queries or allegation…

  9. Imran khan is part of this big game , nobody asked to imran ,” why you attack only PML(N) , why do not take a stand for American Attack on slala check post ? are you want engage Pakistani media ? when memogate scandal and bon conference is starting against present Pakistani government. it`s a pre planned agenda.How Imran Khan knew the name of Haqqani on 30 October? it`s very serious matter.

    in future Imran khan will easily Control by his past. i mean ” Sita White Scandal . like Bill Clinton and monica lewinsky Scandal , when Clinton take a stand on camp-divide .. . and Pakistan is a Nuclear state .
    and Pakistan is a Islamic Republic state.
    easily motivated on this Issue against Prime minister Imran khan.

    After bill Clinton , American`s started So-Called War against Terror. It`s ground reality.

  10. Looks like Rizwan Rasheed Butt in an apparent attempt to talk unrelated non-sense in impossible broken english that endorses Sana Bucha’s point of view also screams loudly that Ms Sana took another chance of defending herself.
    Mr Rizwan Rasheed Butt aka Mr Manzoor Wattoo aka Sana Bucha, u must realize that we hv been using internet for the last 15 years. We are aware of trolling, thread-jacking and fake identities.
    Just one question, Ms Sana what is the percentage of ur actual earnings vs the earnings that u get after ur “Zameer-farooshi”?

  11. Are you there Mr Wattoo alias Sana Bucha?

  12. there are websites that can check plagiarism on internet.. i checked the originality of the article on one such website and the result was, “Total 6563 chars (5000 limit exeeded) , 850 words, 7 unique sentences, 15% originality”

  13. lol wow, even I could do a better copy paste in this case, this bucha is not good even @ copy paste lol.. dumb

  14. that why people say k “nakal k liye b akal chaiye”, dumbo

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