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Sullivan: NYT readers should have been able to see Charlie Hebdo cover

New York Times

New York Times readers “should not have had to go elsewhere” to find the controversial cover from satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Wednesday morning:

Here’s my take: The new cover image of Charlie Hebdo is an important part of a story that has gripped the world’s attention over the past week.

The cartoon itself, while it may disturb the sensibilities of a small percentage of Times readers, is neither shocking nor gratuitously offensive. And it has, undoubtedly, significant news value.

With Charlie Hebdo’s expanded press run of millions of copies for this post-attack edition, and a great deal of global coverage, the image is being seen, judged and commented on all over the world. Times readers should not have had to go elsewhere to find it.

On Monday, BuzzFeed reported The New York Times was one of a few major American newspapers not to publish the controversial cover, with The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal both including the image. Read more

from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1Bpt8Ea

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