Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Journalist; Johann Hari leaves the Independent
After ten years writing for the Independent, Johann Hari has decided to leave after being suspended for plagiarism. Hari informed the public on his website, that he was not returning to the Independent as he did not want to see his colleagues taking the blame and paying for his mistakes.
Hari was accused of using information from other journalists and articles, without referencing them correctly. In addition to this, he was also accused of editing his Wikipedia entries using a different name whilst attacking critics.
Hari defended himself by stating that he did not think he was doing anything wrong as he was never confronted with this issue in previous years.
After his suspension, the Independent had agreed to take Hari back, however various individuals believed that by doing this, the reputation of the newspaper will be affected. In the end, he decided that leaving would be the best option for him and now plans to focus on his book.