Incidentally, the British Broadcasting Corporation, known affectionately stateside as "the Beeb," made a similarly contentious decision regarding its general editorial policy around the same time. The following sentence can be found in the new editorial guidelines the BBC unveiled last Tuesday:

"Any content dealing with matters of religion and likely to cause offence to those with religious views and beliefs must be editorially justified as judged against generally accepted standards and must be referred to a senior editorial figure."

Is the addition an innocuous clarification, or a sign that the BBC is moving in the direction as the Washington Post — namely a safer, less journalistically courageous one?

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