NYPD Increases Security over Charlie Hebdo
- By Matt Holden
- Jan 23, 2015
According to reports, the New York Police Department has stepped up security for media companies that republished Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed after the attack in Paris.
A law enforcement official said there is no specific threat to the media outlets and the increased security has been done out of an abundance of caution.
Gawker revealed in a post on its website that the NYPD had assigned officers to guard its Manhattan office “in direct response to the deadly shooting” at the French magazine.
"Security is not something we tend to comment on, but like many media companies, the NYPD stopped by our office last week for a routine check-in," New York-based BuzzFeed employees were told in a memo. "We continually work to keep all of you safe, and if there is anything to actually be worried about, we will communicate that to you. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions."
Some major news organizations such as CNN and the New York Times chose not to show the Mohammed cartoons amid safety concerns.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.