So, Charlie Hebdo Put Mohammed On the Cover Again, but Will Networks Show It?

By Brian Flood 

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FNC charlieCharlie Hebdo’s newest edition comes out Wednesday and features a cover cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign that says “Je suis Charlie,” which has become a slogan of support for the satirical magazine.

The bold cover also says “Tout est pardonne,” which translates in English to “as all is forgiven.” If you want to see the cover on TV news, you’ll have to stick with Fox News or CBS News, who have both already shown the image numerous times.

CBSNBCU News group issues a statement last week that still applies, “Our NBC News Group Standards team has sent guidance to NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC not to show headlines or cartoons that could be viewed as insensitive or offensive.”

Another network not airing the cartoon anytime soon is CNN, as noting has changed since CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker addressed the situation last week in an editorial meeting.

ABC also does not plan to show the cover at this time.

Over in the print world, USA Today has an interesting take, stating the newspaper “traditionally does not show images of Mohammed to avoid offending Muslim readers. But the magazine cover has enough news value to warrant its publication in this case.”

Last week, a TVNewser poll resulted in 78 percent of readers saying networks should show the images.