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Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Philadelphia Inquirer Takes A Stand On The Muslim Cartoons

Note: If you have come to this site to view the Muslim cartoons, you can find them by scrolling down this page.

The Inquirer's senior editors decided at yesterday's afternoon news meeting to publish the most controversial image in today's editions. The cartoon was being published "discreetly" with a note explaining the rationale, said Amanda Bennett, The Inquirer's editor.

"This is the kind of work that newspapers are in business to do," Bennett said. "We're running this in order to give people a perspective of what the controversy's about, not to titillate, and we have done that with a whole wide range of images throughout our history."

Bennett compared it to decisions in the past to publish photographs of the bodies of burned Americans hung from a bridge in Iraq, as well as a photograph by Andres Serrano showing a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

"You run it because there's a news reason to run it," Bennett said. "The controversy does not appear to have died down. It's still a news issue."



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