'One of my earliest memories is of clinging to my mother's legs while police ransacked our house, looking for my father.'This is from page 1, Chapter 1 of Raising My Voice by Malalai Joya and Derrick O'Keefe, published in July 2009.
'Her earliest memory is of clinging to her mother's legs while policemen ransacked their house looking for evidence of where her father was hiding.'And this is from Malalai Joya: The woman who will not be silenced by Johann Hari, The Independent, 28 July 2009.
I would like to see a defence of this! It is plagiarism, pure and simple. It's time to stop trying to fudge this discussion. Johann Hari is a plagiarist. It looks very much like he is a systematic one, and has been for years. Plagiarism is not forgivable simply because you agree with the plagiarist's politics, and if you have any integrity as a journalist you should condemn Hari for it, and for lying about it in his two articles on the subject. Hari has yet to admit that he has done this, and it is time he does.