"There are those who treat newspapers as if they were public relations handouts, meant to tell the public how wonderful they are. These handouts do not tell you anything about the downside of the item being promoted. But the public knows a promotional flyer when they see one, and they know that one should always read the fine print."
Poor Marina Mahathir. Read her latest posting "Cut Again".
If they censor you again, M, I suggest that you and your fellow suffering columnists stop writing for that particular newspaper. Write for publications that will not edit your pieces or demand that you "tone down". When I was the boss of Business Times and later The Malay Mail, I ensured that my columnists had a free hand so long as they didn't defame others (some still did, nonetheless!).
Columnists must not forget, though, that it is the editor's right to edit or butcher your column as he/she sees fit. That's why he/she is the editor; he/she needs to protect the interest of the newspaper and its stakeholders. Courtesy begs that the columnist is at least informed beforehand, because the article carries the columnist's name. On the other hand, a columnist who insists that his/her column should not be touched at all should consider publishing his/her own newspaper.
p.s. The para about PR handouts at the start of this posting is taken from Marina's severed column. It made me wonder if she had known, when she wrote it, about a senior Cabinet Minister who has gotten his Ministry to pay selected mainstream newspapers to publish articles and pictures of him, his wife and his ministry (not necessarily in that order). This kind of practice will turn the best of newspaper companies into PR agencies.