There are numerous reports that various media outlets, including the Associated Press and CNN, are censoring the Charlie Hebdo cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.
The image below is reportedly from a Daily Telegraph live blog. It has since been removed:
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) January 7, 2015
— The Telegraph is now using a photo of Stéphane Charbonnier, the head of Charlie Hebdo, with an image that crops out the cartoon: —
Here in America, per Politico, the Daily News blurred out the offending cartoon. One photo on the Daily News website shows editor Charb holding an issue of Charlie Hedbo lampooning both Mohammed and a Jewish rabbi. The former was deemed offensive enough to obscure but not the latter.
Selective pixelization: in pic of dead CH editor, NY Daily News blurs cartoon of Mohammed, leaves hooked-nosed Jew pic.twitter.com/yCEJPfBc3m
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 7, 2015
BuzzFeed reports that the Associated Press and CNN are censoring the cartoon:
AP spokesman Paul Colford told BuzzFeed News, “You’re correct: None of the images distributed by AP showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. It’s been our policy for years that we refrain from moving deliberately provocative images.”
Many news organizations chose to use the above AP photo, despite the fact that the AP did have more than one photo of Charb holding the cartoon at the time in its system, and most of them show it. […]
Some outlets published the cartoons in solidarity with the newspaper, while others decided to censor them: CNN pixelated the images that it showed of the cartoon.
CNN reportedly showed pixelated images of the Danish cartoon again on Wednesday morning, and did not display images of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. A spokesperson for CNN did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
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