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The Washington Post / Erik Wemple / Oct 30
“According to two sources familiar with the Times’s discussions on ‘Anonymous,’ James Dao, then the Times’s deputy editorial page editor, asked colleagues for guidance on when no-name bylines were justified. The precedent — which Dao himself would later cite — was that the section had granted anonymity when the writer’s life was in danger. In March 2016, for instance, it published a piece by a Syrian refugee with the byline reading, simply, ‘Laila.’ A tag line explained the decision: ‘Laila is a licensed hairdresser. She asked that her surname be withheld because she fears telling her story could endanger her family in Syria or affect her asylum claim.’ A similar arrangement was extended to a writer who attested to life under ISIS. Perhaps it would be best to stick to that approach.”
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