The Telegraph's comments section is changing - here's why

From April 29 only our subscribers will be able to comment

Commenting changes on Telegraph.co.uk

At The Telegraph, we believe that your opinions are your own business. But informing them, challenging them - and most importantly respecting them - is ours. 

That’s why we’ve taken positive steps to create a better, closer online community. One that encourages healthy debate, fosters mutual understanding and welcomes all opinions, no matter what they might be. 

Where you can communicate with one another - and with our journalists, comfortably and confidently. 

It’s no small goal. But we know how highly you and your fellow readers value our comments section - and how you worry that your opinions might be unheard, or disrespected. We won’t stand for this. 

From April 29, only our subscribers will be able to comment on our online articles. We also have a friendly new moderation team who will ensure all conversations are civil and on topic. And we have published a common-sense set of principles, which all comments need to follow.

In these complex times, community is more important than ever. Our journalists are looking forward to welcoming you into a better, safer and more respectful online comment section.