To print, or not to print, that, is the question! After the shooting rampage at French’s Charlie Magazines, the varied media in multiple nations are faced with the question from Hamlet.
There are many press companies that supported the actions of printing the letter to the magazine that it was the igniting point of the shooting rampage. The two large standards in the American papers, The Washington Post and the New York Times, the latter decided to NOT print the news or the photograph of the shootings in the French Magazines, while the Post had printed just the cover page of the periodical, not the one that had caused the shootings.
The decisions of the NY Times not printing the periodical was dissed by some people as being weak, giving into terrorist. But, I think it’s too heavy an accusation. From the “Vietnamese War Reports”, faced to the pressures from the governments, the New York Times had stood its grounds for a very long time, and, everybody can see that.
And still, the New York Times can stand at the forefront of the world’s newspapers, not because of its “guts” to print these news, but more importantly, it’s because of the periodical’s moral values. The founding ideals of the New York Times on the upper left hand corner, “All the News that’s Fit to Print” says it all.
After the bloodshed, the words of “I am Charlie”, shocked the world. The Swiss paper with over a hundred years of history, “Techno Metal Post”, pointed out where the problem is: “We’re Charlie, because we took the sides of the innocent victims, and we’re NOT all like comic strip artists. We are not believers of the real God, Mohammed, because we stood on the side of those Muslims who chose to give up on violence. We are all Abraham, because we stood on the side of the Jews who were murdered at the supermarket.”
From this, it’d showed that a simplistic call of words, and labeling not only doesn’t help out the situations at hand, it also exacerbated it.
Maybe, in this day and age where everybody can state on how s/he wanted to kill someone, the New York Times’s along with other presses that refused to print the comics that got everybody angered takes more courage, compared to those periodicals that decided to print the messages.
And so, it takes courage to print words that are not to everybody’s likings, and, it takes even MORE courage, to not print these words, after all, we are still, operating on the values of the Freedoms of Speech and Press here, aren’t we?