Journalist and author Darrel Bristow-Bovey has been caught out plagiarising some paragraphs of Bill Bryson's work. Should he be allowed to get away with this, the worst sin a journalist can commit?
This is what Robert Kirby had to say about the whole affair in last week's Mail & Guardian:
It seems that Bristow-Bovey's writings are a bit like opening a tin of Pick 'n Pay spicy pilchards. You never know what extras you'll find. Bristow-Bovey, bless his magnetic pen, has been shown to be quite a deft hand when it comes to lifting, almost word for word, whole paragraphs from the writings of the English writer, Bill Bryson, and passing these off as his own. Bristow-Bovey's inventive practice was revealed in a brilliant piece of investigative reporting by a trainee journalist, Rob Boffard, and published in last week's Saturday Star. In return for this Boffard received a decidedly menacing e-mail from Bristow-Bovey warning him of the dangers of "kick-starting a career in journalism by seeking to tarnish a colleague's reputation".Read the full article by Mail & Guardian columnist Robert Kirby - 18 July 2003.
Read Rob Boffard's article in the Saturday Star - 11 July 2003.
Read David Bullard's commentary in Sunday Times - 20 July 2003.