Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tanveer Ahmed Strikes Again!

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"Richard Aedy: Hello. Welcome to the Media Report... We begin with plagiarism. It's a very bad thing... one of the worst things you can do in journalism. So last month when Media Watch caught out psychiatrist and Fairfax columnist Dr Tanveer Ahmed it had an immediate impact. Jonathan Holmes (MW): In a recent column about narcissism, Dr Ahmed wrote of 'the timeless human desire for attention and admiration.' Well actually most of that phrase and indeed almost a quarter of that column was lifted from a five-year-old article in The New Atlantis. Even more came from a four-year-old article in The New York Times. I'm afraid it doesn't look to us as though these examples are uncharacteristic." (Confessions of a plagiarist, abc.net.au, 19/10/12)

"The Sydney Morning Herald suspended columnist Dr Tanveer Ahmed earlier this year amidst plagiarism accusations... But 3 months later, the, the Herald hasn't told readers 'how the paper plans to stop it happening again,' Australian media program Media Watch says. And, even though Ahmed apologized in a column, that column was published by... The Australian. [Fairfax's] editor-in-chief Sean Aylmer told MW the newspaper didn't publish Ahmed's apology because 'it wasn't considered appropriate'... In Ahmed's Oct. 15 apology, which noted that the Herald 'ended [Ahmed's] tenure,' he admits that 'I've been a plagiarist for the past couple of years'." (Mystery of the missing Sydney Morning herald column: Plagiarist Apologizes, Sydney Smith, imediaethics.org, 12/12/12)

"After the second recorded beheading by Islamic State last month, a group of the most senior clerics in the world, from the Grand Mufti in Egypt to the Mufti in Palestine, released an open letter refuting theological points that were the basis of Islamic State. The letter notes it's not for liberal audiences, code that the most uncomfortable aspects of Islam are better suppressed from Western audiences... For example, the letter says that unbelievers should not be killed unless they openly express their lack of belief and faith..." (Muslims must engage with Islamic ideas that give rise to terrorism, Tanveer Ahmed, The Australian, 8/10/14)

"In the opinion piece (Muslims must engage with Islamic ideas that give rise to terrorism, 8/10) Tanveer Ahmed referred to an open letter by 120-plus scholars 'refuting theological points that were the basis' of the Islamic State group. According to Ahmed, the letter 'says that unbelievers should not be killed unless they openly express their lack of belief and faith.' The actual reference to the specific case of declaring a Muslim as a non-Muslim states: 'It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslim unless he (or she) openly declares disbelief'." (Letter from Zachariah Matthews, Just Media Advocacy, Sydney, published in The Australian, 16/10/14)

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