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Perfectly Reasonable Question: Publishing Religious Images That May Offend
by Margaret Sullivan
The Times's decision last January not to print images of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad brought more mail to this office than just about anything else in recent memory. Many readers felt the images were newsworthy after the massacre at the offices of the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Explaining his position, Dean Baquet, the executive editor, said The Times did not wish to gratuitously offend religious sensibilities.
Since then, I've heard from readers a few times after the paper published images they believe fall into the same category. The most recent example came in ArtsBeat, which, covering protests by Roman Catholics in Milwaukee over a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made from condoms, published an image of the artwork.
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