COLUMNIST JOHANN HARI has been suspended from his position at the Independent newspaper.
The Guardian is reporting that Hari has been suspended for two months while the newspaper carries out an internal investigation.
Hari was accused of plagiarism last month but admitted to using unattributed quotes in some of his articles.
It was also claimed that Hari created another alias to hit back at people who criticised his work.
Writing in the Independent following the plagiarism claims, Hari said the accusation “is totally false”.
He said that in some situations:
I have sometimes substituted a passage they have written or said more clearly elsewhere on the subject for what they said to me.
I did not and never have taken words from another context and twisted them to mean something different.
The investigation will be undertaken by former Independent editor Andreas Whittam-Smith.