This should be on the front page of every paper in the world that has run “Je suis Charlie” graphics of any sort. Because either you are willing to print an image that might well be Mo or you are not. If you are then you support free speech. If not, then shut up and cower.
UPDATE: The Lying Jackal has a smarmy post up on the topic he says (and I screen shotted it):
Almost a decade ago, a global debate raged about cartoons depicting the prophet Mohamed as a terrorist – and my colleague Ezra Levant’s decision to display them in the magazine he then published. The cartoons set off a wave of emotional protests and threats on a global scale – and fostered a vigorous debate about what constitutes free speech. Was the publication of those cartoons satirical, or was it hateful?
When we attempt to answer that question – honestly, diligently, impartially – we will quickly ascertain the difference between an act of mischief (say, spray painting a graffiti artist’s tag on the doors of a synagogue), and an actual expression of actual hatred (say, spray-painting “DEATH TO THE JEWS” on the doors of a synagogue). Certain words and images can stir up actual fear and pain and hate. Others don’t, or shouldn’t. the lying jackal
Of course the Jackal does not let me comment, but you cannot help but admire the sheer finesse with which the scumball avoids answering the question of whether or not Ezra’s decision to publish the cartoons all the news was about was right.
UPPER DATE: Daily Mail runs the cover story – doesn’t show the cover.
Telegraph – story no picture, just the title.
Order-Order.com – Loud and Proud
Guardian – not a splash but it is there – Good for them. “The Guardian is running this cover as its news value warrants publication.”
New York Times – No…
Washington Post – Yes
CBC – no mention of cover at all
UPDATE #2 – Boris Johnson shows the Jackal how it’s done:
London Mayor Boris Johnson said Charlie Hebdo had “no choice” but to print the cover it had, following the unity marches in France and defences of press freedoms in the wake of the attacks.
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “You cannot have a march through the streets of Paris attended by 46 world leaders, four million people, climaxing with a shout of ‘We are not afraid’ and then not print the central object of contention.
“Of course they are right to do that and I am afraid it is absolutely vital now that everybody stands up and defends their right to publish.
“You may not agree with what they have done, you may be offended by what they have done, but you should defend their right to publish it.” Daily Mail