The New York Times changes stylebook on concentration camps

The Kosciuszko Foundation petition gets results:

Dear Mr. Storozynski:

After further discussions of the concerns raised by you and others, Times editors have decided to add an entry to the newsroom’s stylebook specifically cautioning journalists to avoid misleading phrases like “Polish concentration camp.”

As we have already pointed out, editors immediately took steps to correct the erroneous references to Dachau in an online caption over the weekend. We also published a correction about the phrase “Polish concentration camp” in an obituary last fall. We understand the great sensitivity of this topic and regret that any such lapses have occurred. But we would like to reiterate that such instances, however unfortunate, are simply mistakes, and it is wrong to suggest that they reflect any malice or deliberate distortion.

Still, to demonstrate our shared concern over this issue, we will add a note on this point to the stylebook and take extra care to try to avoid any further errors.

Sincerely,

Eileen Murphy

Eileen M. Murphy

Vice President, Corporate Communications

The New York Times Company

620 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018

You may also want to read this blog post in The Economist: The New York Times bans “Polish concentration camps

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