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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

JOHANN HARI: George Orwell prize 'stripping' announcement delays amid plagiarism row

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By Andrew Hough, / 7:30AM BST 26 Jul 2011.

Johann Hari: George Orwell prize 'stripping' announcement delays amid plagiarism row
Hari said the accusation was 'totally false' but added he did 'have something to apologise for' Photo: GETTY.

Judges for one of Britain’s most prestigious journalism prizes have unanimously decided to strip an award given Johann Hari, the writer but have delayed an announcement after a plea from his newspaper.

The celebrated Left–wing commentator, 32, has been caught up in an internet storm over allegations of plagiarism.
It is claimed that Mr Hari, a multiple award winning political journalist who writes for the Independent, was exposed after a reader noticed that a quote in one of his stories had been cut and pasted from a book.
He denied plagiarism but users of the internet claimed to have found further examples of him allegedly recycling quotes.
The newspaper has suspended him and launched its own investigation amid growing calls that he hand back the George Orwell prize for political journalism he won in 2008.
On Monday, a spokesman for the Council of the Orwell Prize, which is overseen by the Media Standards Trust, said it had "arrived at a clear and unanimous decision" about whether he would keep the prize.

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