Jeff Zucker Explains Why CNN Isn't Airing Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

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"[P]rotecting and taking care of the safety of our employees around the world is more important right now," the CNN Worldwide president said

After a Paris shooting that left a dozen dead at Charlie Hebdo's offices, U.S. networks are grappling with how to broadcast the magazine's provocative cartoons of Mohammed.  

CNN, in particular, has been under scrutiny for a cautious position in dealing with the images. On Thursday, Jeff Zucker weighed in on how the the network would approach the issue.

"Journalistically, every bone says we want to use and should use" the images, the CNN Worldwide president said during a staff meeting on Thursday, according to a story co-bylined by the network's Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter.

Zucker added: "as managers, protecting and taking care of the safety of our employees around the world is more important right now."

Zucker's comments, as reported by CNN, follow the network's Wednesday statement pledging that "we are actively discussing the best way of addressing the key issues and images across all of our platforms."

Fox News is currently not planning to show the Charlie Hebdo images as of Thursday, a network rep said. Similarly, MSNBC is not airing the images. 

"Our NBC News Group Standards team has sent guidance to NBC News, msnbc, and CNBC not to show headlines or cartoons that could be viewed as insensitive or offensive," an MSNBC spokesperson stated. 

Two suspects were named in the attack, which targeted a French magazine known for its highly controversial cartoons that regularly offends on political and religious issues. 

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