Journalists call for industry body to stop Daily Mail 'stealing' stories

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 19 June 2017

Journalists are calling for the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to stop the Daily Mail from “stealing” the work of other journalists.

Journalist Ginger Gorman is leading the “theft” accusations after the Daily Mail "plagiarised" her story on internet trolls.

Gorman originally published her investigative piece on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Snippets and quotes were then taken by the Daily Mail and published under another journalist’s by line, without recognition of the original author.

Gorman took to Twitter to call out the Daily Mail, questioning the ethics of the publication.

Other journalists showed their support of Gorman, also criticising The Daily Mail for the replication of her story.

The MEAA also tweeted about the accusations:

Campaign Edge creative director Dee Madigan is campaigning for Daily Mail advertisers to pull their support:

Gorman has requested others complain to The Daily Mail about the media company “stealing the work of ethical journalists”.

Only six months ago, Gorman published a major investigation on child abuse, which was also picked up by the Daily Mail and Mamamia.

At the time, Gorman wrote an impassioned post warning the practice is damaging the future of journalism.

It’s a concern that has been raised before by News Corp, who in 2014 labelled The Daily Mail journalists as “copy snatchers and parasites”.

Earlier this month, Media Watch host Paul Barry has slammed the Daily Mail as “gutter journalism” for its negative representation of women.

The Daily Mail declined to comment.

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