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Editorial Rights over Letters to the Editor

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Lotty View Drop Down

Joined: 12/January/2017
Location: Australia
Posts: 1
  Quote Lotty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Editorial Rights over Letters to the Editor
    Posted: 12/January/2017 at 11:32
I would appreciate any assistance in the following matter.

I have just had a (partial) Letter to the Editor published in our once weekly local newspaper.

The Editor, without any consultation with me, has desimated my original letter.
I believe this was because I was critical of the Newspaper in that there was no local newspaper for three weeks over the busy holiday period when this town is full of visitors looking for local information about town happenings, places to go to eat and things to see and do.

In the Letter I also applauded, by name, a few local businesses who have gone out of their way to keep their businesses open longer to provide for the needs of the tourists.   I criticised others, not by name, for closing their doors and then whinging when business drops.

The end result is that my letter lacked the personal sentiments,   (and issues of concern I have had first hand from visitors to this town), I expressed and was so watered-down that I believe it gives readers a false opinion of me and this reflects on my reputation and honour within this small community.

What are any options I might have?    This Editor is known for severely editing letters with no accountability.   Should they print my letter in full with an apology?   What can I do as I feel "I have lost face".    Is my letter considered "a work" thereby infringing copyright law when published in an unoriginal format?

Thank you.

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Joined: 09/October/2005
Location: Australia
Posts: 759
  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15/January/2017 at 02:06
I expect that the papers conditions of use, that you will have had to agree to when posting to them, are to vest ownership of all letters in the newspaper, they probably give the paper the right to edit your letters without acknowledgement.

The only way to avoid their rules is to not post letters in their paper. The additional option you have is to not buy their paper or support their advertisers.

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