Memo to Financial Times staff: Don’t tweet commentary about the Leveson report

Financial Times staffers are told not to tweet commentary or analysis of the Leveson report on media standards when it’s released tomorrow. “We will have commentary but it will stretch beyond 140 characters,” writes editor Lionel Barber. “Only the facts in other words on twitter.” Here’s his memo:

From: Lionel Barber
Date: 28 November 2012 17:35
Subject: Leveson – Twitter tomorrow
To: FT Editorial users A-J, FT Editorial users K-Z

Please take note: we need to focus on reporting not comment.

I would therefore ask people to refrain from tweets tomorrow which comment or purport to analyse the report with personal views.

Only the facts in other words on twitter.

We will have commentary but it will stretch beyond 140 characters – and it will be written by seasoned journalists who have
read and reflected on the report.

This is not a case of letting 1001 flowers bloom…..

Thank you

Lionel

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