Je Suis Charlie

I have been trying to come up with something to say about the recent attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Masked gunmen went into the magazine’s Paris office and opened fire. Twelve were killed, including renowned editor Stéphane Charbonnier.

Charlie Hebdo has taken pride in defying the outrage — and even death threats — sparked by its cartoons poking fun at Islam, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of course, the publication didn’t ridicule Islam exclusively. “It attacked Jews, Christians, Muslims,” said NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley in a Jan. 7 segment. Culture and politics were also frequently lampooned.

This attack has brought up questions about freedom of speech, censorship and safety.

As a journalist, this has moved me profoundly.

Today, I can’t seem to find my voice on the subject. However, many eloquent writers have already taken on the topic. Also, cartoonists from all over the globe have published incredible visual statements about the attack.

Here are some articles and a video I’d recommend and some cartoons that I find meaningful.

Je suis Charlie.

“Free Speech Cannot be Killed” — Joe Randazzo, former Editor of the Onion

“Charlie Hebdo attacks: This is the terrifying price we pay for free speech in a liberal democracy” — The Independent

“What’s at Stake in Europe’s Response to Charlie Hebdo” — Bloomberg Politics

The 2014 Freedom of the Press Report — There has been a decline in freedom of speech since 2003. Globally, the percentage of countries in the “free” category was at 40.4 percent in 2003. The 2014 number has fallen to 32 percent.

The Committee to Protect Journalists — 60 journalists were killed in 2014, with 18 cases still pending investigation. Also, over 200 journalists were jailed in 2014, continuing an alarming trend.


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