The (Ever-Growing) List Of Cowards Refusing To Publish The Mohammad Cartoons

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In the wake of the terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Habdo for publication of cartoons of Mohammad, a number of Western outlets are on the record refusing to the publish the same cartoons.

(NOTE: For the record, The Daily Caller has decided to publish the photos when necessary — partly as a stand for free speech, but mostly out of a complete disregard for staff safety. Look, here’s one now!)


Associated Press

A statement from the Associated Press indicates that it is their policy not to publish Mohammad cartoons. “None of the images distributed by AP showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad,” a spokesman told The Daily Beast. “It’s been our policy for years that we refrain from moving deliberately provocative images.”

And yet, many on Twitter noted that the AP was still selling images of “Piss Christ,” the anti-Christian piece of art depicting a crucifix dipped in urine. Shortly after the hypocrisy was pointed out, AP pulled that image as well.


Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray reports that NBC News’ Group Standards team has instructed all three networks not to touch the photos.


Politico’s Hadas Gold obtained a CNN memo confirming the network will not show the images, but asked employees to describe them in detail:

“Although we are not at this time showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet considered offensive by many Muslims, platforms are encouraged to verbally describe the cartoons in detail. This is key to understanding the nature of the attack on the magazine and the tension between free expression and respect for religion.”

Of course, since Islam does not ban describing blasphemous images, CNN’s stance is about as brave as not covering the images at all.

New York Daily News

The left-leaning New York tabloid is printing images of the Charlie Hebdo covers… but with the offending images blurred.


The Telegraph

The UK paper is likewise blurring images of Muhammad.

Jewish Chronicle

The editor of the UK publication was open about the fact that as a Jewish publication, publishing the photos would put his employees at special risk.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the list of media outlets refusing to publish the cartoons continues to grow.

The New York Times
Via Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray:

ABC News
Again, courtesy of Rosie Gray:

CBS News
Once again, via Rosie Gray, who has been doing a truly incredible job pressing networks:

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