Tanveer Ahmed sacked again for plagiarising his views on domestic violence

Tanveer Ahmed

Tanveer Ahmed

Psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed, criticised last week for his views on domestic violence, has been sacked as a columnist for The Australian after being exposed as a serial plagiarist. 

It comes just two years after he was booted from Fairfax Media for poaching other people's ideas.

Ahmed wrote a controversial column last week as a White Ribbon ambassador, arguing men's violence against women stemmed from the cultural "disempowerment" of men. 

He even went as far as to say "family violence within newly arrived ethnic groups is often related to the sudden dilution of traditional masculinity".

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Following widespread criticism of the piece, renewable energy blogger Ketan Joshi decided to run Ahmed's recent opinion writing through a few online plagiarism checkers.

Not only had Ahmed plagiarised his views on domestic violence, but there was also evidence he had submitted copied work to the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), as well as recycling his own work repeatedly.

Here's what he had to say in his piece in The Australian last week:

"...it is critical that improving arrest and prosecution rates, establishing shelters and abuse hotlines, pushing for state provisions against stalking, and creating protections for immigrants all have the goal of getting victims out of abusive -relationships"

Here, word for word, that line appeared in a 2013 article on The American Prospect:

"Improving arrest and prosecution rates, establishing shelters and abuse hotlines, pushing for state provisions against stalking, and creating protections for immigrants all have the goal of getting victims out of abusive relationships and into safe situations."

In a 2013 article published in the MJA about alternative medicine, Ahmed wrote:

"The thinking is that the human body has an energy to it that can be guided by external manipulation, much the way that matter and tissues are influenced by chemicals and radiation in conventional medicine."

There was even an editor's note at the end of the story saying "Dr Ahmed has given an assurance to MJA InSight that this is his original work".

That line was the work of Ronald Dworkin and was published in 2001 in Policy Review:

"Supposedly, the human body has an energy to it that can be guided by external manipulation, much the way that matter and tissues are influenced by chemicals and radiation in allopathic medicine."

It was also Dworkin's work that Ahmed copied in 2012 when he was exposed by Media Watch and sacked as a Sydney Morning Herald columnist.

After his latest transgressions were revealed on Monday, the editor of The Australian, Clive Mathieson, told The Guardian "we discussed it with Tanveer Ahmed and it was decided he would no longer be writing for us".

On Monday night, White Ribbon said it would release a statement on Tuesday.