New York, Jun 11: The New York Times has decided to halt publication of political cartoons in its international edition, after a row over printing of a caricature of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donal Trump led to international uproar.
Announcing this on Monday, the leading English daily said it is ending its relationship with two contract cartoonists- Patrick Chappatte and Heng Kim Song.
James Bennet, editorial page editor of the newspaper, said "The Times was 'very grateful for and proud of' the work that the cartoonists, Patrick Chappatte and Heng Kim Song, had done for the international edition over the years.
''However, for well over a year, we have been considering bringing that edition into line with the domestic paper, by ending daily political cartoons and will do so beginning July 1.''
Meanwhile, cartoonist Patrick Chappatte on his website, wrote "Last week, my employers told me they'll be ending in-house political cartoons as well by July. 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. We are in a world, where moralistic mobs gather on social media and rise like a storm, falling upon newsrooms in an overwhelming blow. This requires immediate counter-measures by publishers, leaving no room for ponderation or meaningful discussions,'' he added.
In late April, the New York Times international edition published a political cartoon that showed Mr Netanyahu as a guide dog (a dachshund) wearing a Star of David collar and leading Mr Trump, who is wearing a black kippah.
The newspaper later acknowledged that the cartoon 'included anti-Semitic tropes' and that it was 'an error of judgement to publish it.'
In 2018, The New York Times won its first Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning for a series that told the story of a Syrian refugee family. (UNI)