New charges of plagiarism against SPD candidate Giffy
Five weeks before the election to the Berlin House of Representatives, new charges of plagiarism have been filed against him SPD– Announced by top candidate and state president Franziska Giphy handlesblatt.com. It is about his master’s thesis, which was written by the former Federal Minister for Family Affairs at the end of his studies at the University of Applied Sciences for Administration and Justice in Berlin in 2005. Anatol Stefanovitz, professor of linguistics at the Free University of Berlin (FU), has been investigating this for some time. Giffey did not quote correctly 62 times on 26 pages and thus violated scientific standards, he criticized in an interim report available to the German Press Agency. Stefanovitsch said the review is not yet complete. So far, plagiarism has been detected on almost a third of the pages. Among other things, Giphy is said to not regularly use quotation marks when reproducing quotes. In addition, the source was incorrect in 15 places.
The law firm Unverzagt, which represents Giffey, cited a statement published by “t-online” when asked by the dpa. According to the law firm, your client wrote the master’s thesis “to the best of his knowledge and belief.” “In so far as it does not adequately recognize the adoption of verbatim based on scientific standards, it was done without intent and not specifically with the aim of presenting the scientific findings of the cited as their own. “
The Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR), where Giffie completed her master’s degree, did not investigate the allegations against the politician. In the case of a master’s thesis, a five-year period applies, which has now expired, a university spokesman announced on request Friday.
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