Media Wrestles With Whether To Show Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons
Some of Charlie Hebdo's cartoons depict the prophet Muhammad in a deliberately offensive way, giving journalists concerns over printing them.By Steven Sparkman | January 9, 2015
Alongside cartoonists and comedians, many journalists worldwide have expressed solidarity with the people at Charlie Hebdo following the brutal attack on the satirical newspaper's office.
But while covering the attack and explaining why the paper is a target for Muslim extremists, journalists face a choice: whether to show the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that are at the heart of the story.
Depictions of Muhammad of any kind are considered blasphemous by many Muslims, and Charlie Hebdo's cartoons were often deliberately offensive. So there are two news values at play here: the duty to show context and the reluctance to offend viewers.