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In an Oct. 7 column in response to reader complaints about sexual language in the newspaper, The Guardian’s readers’ editor Chris Elliott explained that the newspaper “has guidance about swearing — but not other kinds of sexually explicit material that may offend.”

The existing guidelines dictate that reporters print “swearwords only when absolutely necessary to the facts of a piece.”  However, with sexual language, Elliott said it’s a case by case consideration based on “editorial judgment.”

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Further, Elliott asked readers if the newspaper should set up guidelines for sexual content and “revise our guidelines on the use of swearwords as society changes its attitude to such words.”

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