Recently, some news organisations (Le Monde linking to this blog in the Washington Post) mention that New York Times, AP, CNN, MSNBC, The Telegraph (and apparently other news groups) have "shunned" images that contained certain depictions that could have been construed as offensive by some followers of a certain religion.
The same WP blog presented the New York Times' explanation:
Under Times standards, we do not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities. After careful consideration, Times editors decided that describing the cartoons in question would give readers sufficient information to understand today’s story.
Does the New York Time have this explicit policy?