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ABM urges members to maintain ‘highest ethical standards’

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New York—American Business Media issued an unusual press release Wednesday encouraging "its member companies and their 4,500-plus print and electronic titles to maintain the highest ethical standards and journalistic integrity." The organization said it issued the release "in light of the recent struggles to maintain clear lines of distinction in advertiser and editorial relationships"—a reference to Morgan Stanley and BP requesting that their ads be pulled in the event of negative editorial. "Overtures or threats made by advertisers to pull ads with intent to steer content, or advertiser requests to review content prior to publication, undermine universal journalistic ethical standards," Gordon T. Hughes II, ABM president-CEO, said in a statement. ABM released an "Editorial Code of Ethics" in March.

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