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The readers’ editor on… why I can urge and recommend – but can’t really play the enforcer

The Guardian’s usage of anonymous sources and the term ‘illegal immigrant’ are just two of the issues I have tried to address this year

Just before we see the old year out, it may be helpful to readers to have news of how some of the issues discussed in Open door during the last 12 months or so have developed.

On 8 September 2014, the column looked at the problem of the use of anonymous quotes within stories. Dr David Lowry had written to object about the use of anonymous quotes in a political story from 21 June and reminded us that the Guardian has a policy outlined by Alan Rusbridger, the editor in chief, in 2000, that these should be used only on rare occasions.

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