Financial Times writers call on Nikkei to ‘enshrine’ editorial independence

In a letter to the business newspaper’s new owners, Financial Times writers are calling on Nikkei to “enshrine” its editorial independence. The letter, signed by head of the FT’s National Union of Journalists chapel Steve Bird on behalf of all staff, highlights concerns raised by three former editors that FT’s current governance structures do not guarantee editorial independence and requests a meeting between Nikkei’s executives and FT’s senior staff. Bird writes in the letter: “Neither a company’s culture nor its institutional structure can alone ensure continued editorial independence but together they offer the best long-term guarantee for the integrity that makes the FT a success.”