A recent internal survey revealed that approximately half of The New York Times (NYT) employees feel they cannot speak freely at the newspaper.
Respondents were asked if “There is a free exchange of views in this company; people are not afraid to say what they really think,” to which only 51% of Times employees responded in the affirmative.
“While most of us feel well informed, many indicated that differing viewpoints are not sought or valued in our work,” reports the New York Post, which had access to the paper’s internal assessment of the data.
“Related to this, we saw some negative responses about whether there is a free exchange of views in the company and scored below the benchmark on this question,” it continues.
According to the media outlet, at least 74% of employees said that leaders and colleagues accept and embrace ethnic/racial differences; a decrease of 10% from the results of the same research in 2019.
The survey results were revealed by the Post as the NYT is embroiled in a seemingly endless parade of scandals. Most recently, the decision to oust veteran science reporter Donald McNeil following a series of complaints the paper received from students and parents who accused the journalist of using offensive and racist language during a trip to Peru in 2019.