The New York Times has declared that it will not continue including daily political cartoons in its international edition, weeks after apologized for publishing a cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, considered anti-Semitic.
The caricature was published in April, portrayed PM Netanyahu as a guide dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind President Donald Trump, who was wearing a Jewish skullcap and a kippah.
It evoked protests within the Jewish community, with Isreal Ambassador to the United Nations likening to draw the content of Nazi propaganda tabloid Der Sturmer.
The New York Times’ Editor James Bennet informed that they decided to end political cartoon for a year in the international print version of the Times, line with the US edition.
It will come into effect from July 1, said Editor Bennet.
Patrick Chappatte is one of the leading cartoonists of New York Times, claims the decision was directly linked to PM Netanyahu’s caricature.
Cartoonist Chappatte criticized that the publication of the caricature at the centre of the arising controversy but claims he was concerned that media office were increasingly trapped under political pressure and criticism from “moralistic mobs” on various social media platforms.
“Over the last few 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,” wrote Chappatte on his personal website.
Editor Bennet claims that New York Times hoped to continue working with Cartoonist Patrick Chappatte and also fellow contributor Heng Kim Song on other projects.
The New York Times’ Publisher A.G. Sulzberger declared in May that the editor who approved publishing the cartoon would be disciplined.