by Alok Bajaj article NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The New York times, which has become a beacon of free press and democracy in the world’s largest democracy, on Tuesday said it had banned the use of the term “the Times” and the word “democracy” as it faced legal challenges from China, India and South Korea.
In a statement, the newspaper said it would publish the article, “The New New YorkTimes”, on Feb. 26, but that it did not intend to be “the voice of the New York press”.
“The New Times is committed to freedom of expression and is committed that no individual or entity should be subjected to harassment, intimidation, defamation or criminal prosecution for publishing an opinion that is not in line with the Times’ editorial principles,” the statement said.
The move comes at a time when China and India are threatening legal action over articles published in the New Times that criticized China’s human rights record, and accused the United States of being a “hostile power” against China.
The New Yorker, which is the third largest English language newspaper in the United, was the first to use the word New York.
It was first printed in 1842 and became known as the “Times of London” because of its proximity to the capital London.
The Times has been under pressure in recent months over its coverage of China’s crackdown on protesters and journalists, and its coverage in India has been criticized for being too favorable toward Beijing.
China has called for the arrest of its media critic, Jia Yueting, who has been jailed for three months in a Beijing prison for “insulting” the Communist Party.
India and South Africa have filed criminal charges against five Times reporters.
In its complaint to the United Nations, the New Yorker said it was “troubled by the actions taken by China and other states which seek to restrict the rights of the press and to suppress free speech and assembly.”
“The Times believes that the United Nation’s obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as international law, must not be suspended,” it said.(Reporting by Aloke Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)