New York Times to stop publishing political cartoons after Benjamin Netanyahu caricature causes anti-Semitism row

The New York Times has announced it will no longer include daily political cartoons in its international edition, weeks after apologising for publishing a caricature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Agence France-Presse June 11, 2019 15:13:00 IST
New York Times to stop publishing political cartoons after Benjamin Netanyahu caricature causes anti-Semitism row
  • The New York Times has announced it will no longer include daily political cartoons in its international edition, weeks after apologising for publishing a caricature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

  • The cartoon, published in April, depicted Netanyahu as a guide dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind Donald Trump — who was wearing a kippah, or a Jewish skullcap and was deemed anti-Semitic

  • Editor James Bennet said the paper had been planning for a year to cease running political cartoons in the international print version of the Times, in line with the US edition. The decision will come into effect on 1 July, Bennet said in a statement Monday

New York: The New York Times has announced it will no longer include daily political cartoons in its international edition, weeks after apologising for publishing a caricature of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

New York Times to stop publishing political cartoons after Benjamin Netanyahu caricature causes antiSemitism row

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The cartoon, published in April, depicted Netanyahu as a guide dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind Donald Trump — who was wearing a kippah, or a Jewish skullcap and was deemed anti-Semitic. It prompted an uproar within the Jewish community, with Israel's ambassador to the UN likening the drawing to the content of Nazi propaganda tabloid Der Sturmer.

Editor James Bennet said the paper had been planning for a year to cease running political cartoons in the international print version of the Times, in line with the US edition. The decision will come into effect on 1 July, Bennet said in a statement Monday.

Patrick Chappatte, one of the paper's leading cartoonists, said the decision was directly related to the Netanyahu cartoon. He condemned the publication of the caricature at the center of the controversy but said he was concerned that media outlets were increasingly buckling under political pressure and criticism from "moralistic mobs" on social media. "Over the last years, some of the very best cartoonists... lost their positions because their publishers found their work too critical of Trump. Maybe we should start worrying," Chappatte wrote on his personal website.

Bennet said the newspaper hoped to keep working with Chappatte and fellow contributor Heng Kim Song on other projects. New York Times publisher AG Sulzberger announced in May that the editor who published the cartoon would be disciplined.

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