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The New York Times announced last week that it would no longer publish political cartoons in its international edition, after receiving widespread condemnation for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon in April.

James Bennet, the Times’ editorial page editor, tweeted out a statement that the newspaper would officially stop publishing editorial cartoons on July 1 after more than a year of discussion.

“We plan to continue investing in forms of Opinion journalism, including visual journalism, that express nuance, complexity and strong voice from a diversity of viewpoints across all of our platforms,” Bennet said, noting that the move will bring international edition in line with the U.S. edition which doesn’t carry political cartoons.
Bennet issued the statement just hours after Patrick Chappatte, an editorial cartoonist for the Times international edition wrote in a blog post about the decision.

“Last week, my employers told me they’ll be ending in-house political cartoons as well by July,” Chappatte wrote “I’m putting down my pen, with a sigh: that’s a lot of years of work undone by a single cartoon – not even mine – that should never have run in the best newspaper of the world.”

“I’m afraid this is not just about cartoons, but about journalism and opinion in general,” he continued. “We are in a world where moralistic mobs gather on social media and rise like a storm, falling upon newsrooms in an overwhelming blow. “

The Times was heavily criticized after publishing a cartoon featuring Trump wearing a yarmulke and dark glasses walking Netanyahu, who was portrayed as a guide dog on a leash with a Star of David hanging from his collar in its international edition in late April.  The paper apologized and disciplined the editor responsible for the cartoon being published.

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