Media Mull Hebdo Cartoons
Paris -- Yesterday's cartoon on the front cover of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, shows an image depicting the Prophet Muhammad crying while holding up a "Je suis Charlie" sign. Above the cartoon are the words "All is forgiven”.
Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network were able to view the cartoon on yesterday's AK Files.
BBC's Newsnight briefly showed a copy of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, which displayed the cartoon. They showed a photocopy, not the actual magazine. The shot was brief and only transmitted in close-up for seconds.
Was it correct for the BBC to broadcast this image, or was it just dangerous given the current tinderbox situation?
The BBC also ran Charlie Hebdo's controversial depiction of the Prophet Mohammed, a move that flew in the face of editorial guidance that the network now says is outdated.
The cartoons were broadcast on the BBC's "Ten O'Clock News" and "Newsnight" during coverage of the shooting in Paris last Wednesday.
In light of this change in tack, today we look at which news agencies did, and did not run the cartoon.
The difficult editorial choices are clear: caution; self-censorship to protect one's reporters and editors; denial of the right to uphold free speech in a free society; or the choice to do quite the opposite and potentially put many lives at risk.
As editor of any publication viewed internationally -- which would you do?
Here is the list of publications, and the choice that they made given the difficult situation:
1. Libération: Yes 2. CNN: No. 3. CBS News: Yes. 4. The Guardian: Yes. 5. Wall Street Journal: Yes. NBC News: No. 7. Mashable: No. 8. The Daily Beast: Yes. 9. BBC: Yes. 10. AFP/Yahoo: Yes. 11. Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Yes. 12. USA Today: Yes. 13. Business Insider: Yes. 14. NPR: No. 15. Washington Post: Yes. New York Times: No. 17. Los Angeles Times: Yes. The Blaze: Yes. The Telegraph: No. Daily Mail: No. Huffington Post: Yes. 22. Mic: Yes. 23. Fox News: Yes. 24. New York Post: Yes. 25. BuzzFeed: Yes. 25. ArtKabinett: Yes
Today's homepage Featured Art Video takes a look at Charlie Hebdo's most recent profits from depicting a sanctimonious prophet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY3cDu9MIEI&sns=em