May 02, 2013 12:36
The former top news presenter and now free-lance TV host Paik Ji-yeon is plagued by suspicions that she plagiarized her master's thesis.
Media critic Byun hee-jae, who runs his own news portal, mediawatch.kr, tweeted earlier this week that Paik plagiarized a considerable part of her thesis from translated copies of foreign books on broadcasting. Paik's alma mater, Yonsei University, has been notified of the allegations, he said.
Paik wrote the thesis in 1999 when she was working on her master's degree in journalism.
The Chosun Ilbo's own investigation suggests that Paik plagiarized significant portions of her thesis without citing proper sources.
Paik did not respond to phone calls.
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