The News Includes Editorial Cartoon In News StoryAug 23rd, 2012 | By admin | Category: The News
A World News report in The News (Jang Group) on the ongoing saga of the status of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who has taken refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London includes an image of the central figure with his mouth gagged by an American flag and surrounded by the words ‘courage’ and ‘truth’ giving the impression that the US is silencing Julian Assange who represents those virtues. Such an image – one that makes political or judgmental comment on an issue – is known as an ‘editorial cartoon’ and is properly published on the opinion pages of a newspaper. Actually, The News regularly publishes an editorial cartoon on page 6, which is entirely appropriate. Including an editorial cartoon with a news report, however, in appropriately injects an opinion into what is otherwise a factual news report. If The News believes that the US is attempting to silence Julian Assange, they could legitimately publish this cartoon on the opinion page, but it does not belong on the news pages.