Policy paper on editorial independence


"Problems arise when editors publish material that offends powerful individuals or groups, but that’s exactly why editorial independence is needed. Journals should be on the side of the powerless not the powerful, the governed not the governors. If readers once hear that important, relevant, and well argued articles are being suppressed or that articles are published simply to fulfill hidden political agendas, then the credibility of the publication collapses — and everybody loses.” British Medical Journal, 2004   PREAMBLE In recent years, the credibility of print, broadcast and online journalists has been eroded by frequent accounts of news stories spiked [...]