As more and more newspaper archives are digitized and made online accessible and searchable, newspapers are receiving requests to remove, block or redact some of their archive content. It happens for a number of reasons and newspapers struggle with the best way to respond.
What should their policy be regarding these requests? Do they redact or unpublish content that has already been published? Do they approach it case by case?
An article published recently by Sylvia Stead in the Globe and Mail does a nice job of outlining the issues and how she approaches the requests. It’s worth reading as this is an issue that is here to stay.