To Republish or Not to Republish: The “Je Suis Charlie” Mohammed Cartoon and Journalistic Paradigms in a Global Context.

Leo Eko, Lea Hellmueller

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Abstract

This paper dealt with how media outlets in a select number of countries handled the problem of the republication of Charlie Hebdo’s controversial “Je Suis Charlie” Mohammed cartoon cover after the terrorist attack of January 7, 2015. A textual analysis of editorials and policy statements found that editorial decisions to republish or not to republish the Mohammed cartoon in different countries constituted journalistic paradigm work that reflected specific journalistic cultures. The dominant themes that emerged were: 1) transnational journalistic solidarity as a form of paradigm work, and 2) the use of editorial independence as a paradigm defense and repair mechanism. Furthermore, we found that the American media, which exercise the journalistic craft under the First Amendment, were not as unanimous as the Continental European media with regard to framing of republication of the Je Suis Charlie Mohammed cartoon as a barometer of transnational journalistic solidarity and support for fre
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
StatePublished - Sep 5 2017

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