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24.05.2012 19:33

Discussion on Plagiarism and its Possible Manifestations in Media

Maia Tsiklauri
Media Discusions
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On May 22, 2012 the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics held a discussion on Plagiarism and its Possible Manifestations in Media.

The discussion was led by Zviad Koridze, Charman, the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics. Journalist Revaz Sakverashvili was the selected guest. The journalists signatory to the Charter of Journalistic Ethics, NGO representatives, lawyers and students from different universities were attending the meeting.

The discussion ensued from the Forbes Georgia statement according to which Revaz Sakevarishvili was dismissed from the position of Editor-in-chief due to the violation of legal and ethical aspects. Forbes Georgia alleges some of the questions given in the course of Revaz Sakevarishvili’s interview obtained from Bidzina Ivanishvili are similar to those the Russian Vedomost’ posed to the Georgian billionaire seven years ago. Ivanishvili’s interview was published in the Russian newspaper on April 7, 2005. (Ведомости: "Не думал, что стану миллиардером").

Revaz Sakevarishvili said he quit his position due to the founder’s meddling into editorial activities and an attempt to restrict independence of the edition. He thoroughly discussed both of the articles and clarified to the audience why this particular case was no plagiarism.

In the course of the discussion the recent unethical trend in the Georgian media was discussed as well. In particular misappropriation of media material, this is to say dissemination of information without indicating the initial source, “seizure” of photos and so on and so forth. 

The discussion participant agreed that plagiarism in media can be overcome through the improvement of media workers’ self-consciousness and their adherence to ethical norms.

The Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics is planning to conduct discussions in the future too. The discussions are scheduled to be held every Tuesday.







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