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Ted Cruz: Censoring Charlie Hebdo Cartoons "Unfortunate," "Inconsistent" With Free Debate

"The First Amendment is designed to ensure a robust debate and refusing to publish the cartoons that are the alleged reason for this brutal act of murder and terror is inconsistent with the spirit of a free debate."

Posted on January 7, 2015, at 1:08 p.m. ET

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday that it is "unfortunate" that some media outlets are censoring controversial cartoons published by the French satirical newspaper attacked by terrorists.

Gunmen on Wednesday executed a deadly attack at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, the French newspaper known for portraying Muhammad, and others, in controversial ways on its cover. After the attack, some media outlets have opted to crop or blur the cartoons in their coverage.

"The attack in Paris is heartbreaking," Cruz told BuzzFeed News. "It is a reminder of the global threat we face and the enormous peril presented by radical Islamic terrorists. It is unfortunate to see media outlets engaging in censorship."

"The First Amendment is designed to ensure a robust debate and refusing to publish the cartoons that are the alleged reason for this brutal act of murder and terror is inconsistent with the spirit of a free debate," he said.

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