Over the past few days, people keep talking about Charlie Hebdo and the massacre at their office where 12 were killed. Another 5 were murdered in a siege the other day. This was horrible, such a night mare since the day I’ve been in France. Those were the days of fears and blood for all the Parisiens and French.
To be honest, I don’t like Charlie’s sarcastic pictures about the Muslim Prophet; and I haven’t even heard of them before the attack. However, I respect their voice and their freedom of speech. They stand for press independence and they protect the right to raise their voice. Some people would say that if the CH cartoonist had been less offensive to the Prophet, the tragedy wouldn’t have happened. Well, from my point, while whether the cartoonists were right or (partly or totally) wrong still remained unknown and unproven, what we’ve already known is that the assault is apparently criminal and inhuman. We also should remember that blasphemy has been abolished as a criminal offence in French law since 1881.
I believe that many of their pictures about other figures such as Charles de Gaulle or even Jesus are controversial; but how the readers react to them is totally different and of course, more civilized than what those jihadists have done. I also do believe that what happened is not what their Muslim Prophet wants to see and appreciate. “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it ” is what Voltaire said long long time ago. And it still proves to be valuable for newspapers and journalists nowadays.
My thoughts are with families and friends of the victims, as well as the journalists and especially the ordinary Muslims in Paris, who might confront with a lot of concerns and danger right now.