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Independent suspends columnist Johann Hari

Independent suspends columnist Johann Hari

Britain's Independent newspaper says it has suspended prominent columnist Johann Hari as it investigates plagiarism allegations leveled against him.
Editor Chris Blackhurst said Tuesday Hari has been suspended for two months pending the outcome of an internal inquiry. He said he would not comment further.
Hari has admitted presenting quotes from authors' written works as if they were said to him during interviews.
He said in a blog posting that he used such quotes when people had expressed the same sentiment during an interview, but had "said it more clearly in writing than in speech."
Hari, one of Britain's most prominent left-of-center columnists, claimed he had spoken to other interviewers who said the behavior was "normal practice."


Updated : 2021-05-13 12:23 GMT+08:00