Sunday, May 22, 2005

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Newsweek Revamps Source Policies Following Qur'an Desecration Story


Mark Whitaker - Newsweek

Newsweek has adopted new policies for the use of anonymous sources, a week after retracting a report that claimed investigators had found evidence the Qur'an was desecrated by interrogators at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In a letter to readers appearing in Monday's edition, Newsweek chairman and editor-in-chief Richard Smith apologized for the report and said the magazine will raise standards for anonymous sourcing.

"We got an important story wrong, and honour requires us to admit our mistake and redouble our efforts to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again," he wrote.

Two of the magazine's top editors will be assigned sole responsibility for approving the use of anonymous sources, and the magazine will stop using the phrase "sources said" to attribute information in stories, Smith said.

Newsweek retracted the May 9 report after officials at the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department criticized its publication and its use of an anonymous source. - Canadian Press

Get ready for every media outlet to try to find new evidence to support this non story. Every reporter in the world is going to try to get revenge for this one. - KS

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