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With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed
by Margaret Sullivan
Readers responded passionately, and in large numbers, to my post last week about The Times's decision not to publish the now-famous Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. (In fact, I've never had more comments on a post or column.)
A vast majority of readers were critical of The Times's decision, feeling strongly that both because of news value and in order to reinforce free speech and show solidarity with a publication under attack, The Times should have published them.
Just Monday, a new decision came along and The Times stayed with its earlier determination, showing no image of the new cover of Charlie Hebdo, which features a tearful Muhammad, holding a "Je Suis Charlie" sign, with a tagline that says "All is forgiven." Instead, a Times article described the cover image and linked to an article that showed the cover illustration.
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