The Press Council accepts that editors are not obliged to publish letters on demand (whether in print
or online).

1It is the prerogative and responsibility of editors—guided by fairness,

2 balance

3 and the public interest in facilitating diverse and robust expressions of opinion4—to select letters for

The editor’s prerogative includes editing letters for length, grammar or legal reasons, among other
considerations, although such editing should not change the meaning or tenor of a letter. Where
significant changes are made, the author of a letter should be advised of the proposed changes
before publication.

Excerpt from The Australian press Council

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