Christian Newswire Publishes Controversial Muhammad Cartoons — Again
April 1, 2008
“I am not willing to go one inch down the road that ends with the media publishing only that which someone thinks Muhammad would approve.” — Gary McCullough, Director, Christian Newswire
MEDIA ADVISORY, Sept. 17 /Standard Newswire/ — Last week Al-Qaida offered a reward of $100,000 for the murder Lars Vilks. A reward was also offered for the murder of the chief editor of the Swedish newspaper, Nerikes Allehanda.
On Sept 16, Christian Newswire made the controversial cartoons of Lars Vilks available at http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/912904201.html and http://www.earnedmedia.org/vilks0916.htm
Christian Newswire took a similar stand when they published controversial cartoons in February of 2006.
Director of the Christian Newswire, Gary McCullough comments:
“As was the case with the ‘Jyllands-Posten’ Muhammad cartoons controversy, many are reporting on the cartoons without having access to them. So once again our primary reason for publishing the cartoons is to provide a needed service to reporters. I also believe there is a need to stand against such intimidation.
“The world’s news media are facing the same decision many nations face in dealing with terrorists. Do we acquiesce to unjust demands under the threat of violence even though history clearly demonstrates that by doing so we encourage future acts of violence?
“So as I did in 2006, I challenge newspaper publishers and the broadcasters who claim any freedom to display newsworthy items; it is not too late to send a clear message. I ask you to publish the controversial cartoons to say that we will not be censored by threats of violence.
“The alternative will not be peace. The alterative will be increased violence to censor the media. You must decide if you will negotiate away a foundational principle. If you run from this battle you will embolden those who use terror to restrict what you publish.
“I am not willing to go one inch down the road that ends with the media publishing only that which someone thinks Muhammad would approve