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CNN cut off controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons
by Erik Wemple
Drawings in the magazine Charlie Hebdo that triggered reprisals and death threats against the publication's staff have never been more newsworthy than today, when terrorists stormed the publication's Paris offices in a rampage that claimed the lives of 12 people. Yet CNN and host Wolf Blitzer hid them in a segment this afternoon.
In closing out his eponymous show this afternoon, Blitzer sketched out a brief biography of Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier that focused on his brave defiance of threats from terrorist organizations. Charbonnier was among the 12 people killed today.
Blitzer explained that Charbonnier's publication had "endured threats and lawsuits for nearly a decade, starting when they reprinted 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that first appeared in a Danish newspaper." Pointing out that depictions of the prophet are forbidden by Islam, Blitzer noted that in 2011, the Charlie Hebdo office was firebombed after it poked fun at the religion by naming Muhammad as its guest editor. Blitzer: "The editor Stephane Charbonnier, who was among those killed in today's attack, fueled more anger after posing amid the damage with a cover depicting the prophet making a facetious comment."
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