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For the record, the ethically correct way to begin this article would have been: “Yes. I now see that it was wrong, and I wouldn't do it again,” Johann Hari wrote on , in a mea culpa that was also published by The Independent. See, correct attribution isn't that difficult.

Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. Johann Hari reports

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In September 2011 Johann Hari announced that, though he stood by the articles which won the Orwell Prize in 2008, he would be returning it as an act of contrition for the errors he had made elsewhere. The return of the plaque by courier was confirmed by the Council of the Orwell Prize. Later the Council confirmed that the Orwell Prize would have been withdrawn had Hari not returned it, because after reviewing one particular article, 'How multiculturalism is betraying women', "The Council concluded that the article contained inaccuracies and conflated different parts of someone else's story (specifically, a report in ). The Council ruled that the substantial use of unattributed and unacknowledged material did not meet the standards expected of Orwell Prize-winning journalism". The magazine , which had paid the prize in 2008, suggested that rather than returning the prize money, Hari make a donation to the writers' association in honor of George Orwell.

In July 2011 in wrote that he had been attacked on Wikipedia by a "David Rose" following a dispute with Johann Hari, as had columnist , and , a leader writer for . Cohen also wrote that Hari's own Wikipedia entry had been edited by Rose "to make him seem one of the essential writers of our times". "David Rose" was later shown to be Johann Hari himself.