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A Close Call on Publication of Charlie Hebdo Cartoons
by Margaret Sullivan
Was The Times cowardly and lacking in journalistic solidarity when it decided not to publish the images from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that precipitated the execution of French journalists?
Some readers I've heard from certainly think so. Evan Levine of New York City wrote: "I just wanted to register my extreme disappointment at what can only be described as a dereliction of leadership and responsibility by the New York Times in deciding not to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons after today's massacre."
Todd Stuart of Key West, Fla., expressed the same view: "I hope the public editor looks into the incredibly cowardly decision of the NYT not to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. I can't think of anything more important than major papers like the NYT standing up for the most basic principles of freedom."
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