Why the editor has discretion to reject, shorten or rewrite letters

A reader pens a newspaper article. The Letters to the Editor page enables readers to exchange information, ideas and opinions. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Editors ensure that the letters chosen for publication are free of libel and are fair and objective. They must also be in good taste and not seditious.
  • The letters should strictly follow the rules of grammar, and are even better if the writer spices them up with idioms or other figures of speech.

Letters-to-the-editor is a means of reader participation in journalism. It provides citizens with a significant forum for public debate and ensures the voice of the people is heard. It enables readers to exchange information, ideas and opinions.

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