Johann Hari Stripped of Orwell Prize

Renowned left-wing commentator and journalist Johann Hari has had his 2008 Orwell Prize revoked after allegations that he may have used a quote stolen from another book in one of his stories. Hari, who writes for the Independent, has denied plagiarism in spite of other allegations of his penchant for recycling quotes. The Independent has suspended Hari and launched a plagiarism investigation. A spokesman for the Council of the Orwell Prize said “a clear and unanimous decision” has been reached to take back his award, though Hari's editor says the writer did not have a chance to defend himself fully.