NBC & ABC Censor Charlie Hebdo Cover, But Tout it As 'Declaration of Defiance'

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<p>Reporting on the release of <em>Charlie Hebdo&#39;s</em> first issue since the January 7 terrorist attack, NBC&#39;s <em>Today</em> and ABC&#39;s <em>Good Morning America</em> on Wednesday refused to show the cover of the satirical magazine that depicted a cartoon image of Mohamed. Despite such censorship, both networks touted the publication as &quot;a triumph for free speech&quot; and &quot;a kind of declaration of defiance against terror.&quot;</p>

<p>On <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: &quot;...a defiant Charlie Hebdo releases its very first issue since that terror attack on its Paris offices, with a cartoon of the Prophet Mohamed on the cover.&quot; Correspondent Bill Neely began his report: &quot;Today <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> is back on the street, seemingly stronger than ever.&quot; However, moments later he explained: &quot;On its cover, which NBC News is not showing, a cartoon of a tearful prophet Mohamed.&quot;</p>

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