Mr. Bill Keller
Executive Editor
The New York Times
229 W. 43rd St.
New York, N.Y. 10036

Dear Mr. Keller:

Echoing your publisher, you have said that the Times can't "unaward" the Pulitzer Prize awarded to Times correspondent Walter Duranty, who covered-up the Ukrainian genocide and may have been on the Soviet payroll. It is time to assert your editorial independence and act to safeguard the reputation of your paper. Duranty disgraced the Times. Keeping his award only serves to cast a pall on the excellent work of some of your present-day correspondents, such as John Burns in Baghdad. He has established a reputation for truth-telling and has blown the whistle on those news organizations that ignored Saddam's atrocities and paid his regime financial bribes. You should tell Mr. Sulzberger that the only way to acknowledge the truth about Duranty is to return his prize and disavow it. Will you do the right thing?