Deleting or changing a news archive

Newsrooms are getting frequent requests to delete or “unpublish” articles. Most news organizations will correct a story if there is an error, but generally speaking they decline to remove something published unless there are legal or personal safety considerations for a person named. The digital archive is considered part of a record, and journalists are reluctant to alter it. It can be a hard decision. The Guardian’s readers’ editor, Chris Elliott, reflects on the forever nature of news archives and what some remedies, short of deletion, might be.