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July 14, 2011

Hari Suspended


Incendiary falsehoods about Israel are one thing at The Independent; that is, not a problem. But Johann Hari's reckless plagiarizing of myriad authors and fellow reporters has brought painful professional repercussions for the paper's well-known columnist. Off he goes for two months of suspension while a committee reviews the evidence and decides how to proceed.

Additional infractions have been uncovered, as The Guardian noted (July 12, 2011):

The latest allegations to surface in the past week relate to claims that Hari used a pseudonym to make unflattering edits to the Wikipedia entries for journalists including Nick Cohen, the Observer and Spectator columnist, and Daily Telegraph writer and novelist Cristina Odone.

Among the questions about Hari's future is whether he'll be stripped of the prestigious Orwell Prize, awarded for journalistic excellence. The Media Standards Trust, funder of the prize immediately called for an investigation of the columnist when the story broke. The Trust

addressed three specific questions to the council regarding its inquiry:

"Does the Orwell Prize have full confidence in the articles submitted by Johann Hari for which the prize was awarded?

"Should Johann Hari continue to be allowed to be known as a winner of the prize?

"What more can the prize do to ensure that its winners now and in the future uphold the highest possible standards?"

Posted by AL at July 14, 2011 12:47 PM


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