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In New Policy, The Times Forbids After-the-Fact ‘Quote Approval’


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The New York Times is drawing “a clear line” against the practice of news sources being allowed to approve quotations in stories after the fact.


The practice, known as quote approval, “puts so much control over the content of journalism in the wrong place,” the executive editor Jill Abramson told me in an interview. “We need a tighter policy.”

Times editors have been working on the policy for months, she noted — ever since a July story by Jeremy Petersrevealed the practice as a widespread one that included many reporters.


A memorandum on Thursday says that “demands for after-the-fact quote approval by sources and their press aides have gone too far.”


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