Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, on Sunday denounced the Western publications that have declined to reprint his paperâ€™s controversial cartoons in the aftermath of the Jan. 7 mass shooting at Charlie Hebdo’s Paris office.
â€śThis cartoon is not just a little figure. Itâ€™s a symbol. Itâ€™s the symbol of freedom of speech, of freedom of religion, of democracy and secularism,â€ť Biard told NBCâ€™s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. â€śWhen they refuse to publish this cartoon, when they blur it out, when they decline to publish it, they blur out democracy.â€ť
Biard said he was in London at the time of the shooting, when two masked gunmenstormed the publicationâ€™s headquarters and killed 12 people, including editor StĂ©phane Charbonnier and several of the paper’s cartoonists and editorialists.
The attack, for which the group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility this week, was an apparent response to the paperâ€™s history of publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.Â Read more »
Geez. Â I wonder Â why New Zealand officialÂ stopped her at the border for a 7 hour interview before heading off to be with a man known for cyber crimes and on extradition charges to face criminal charges of racketeering and money laundering?
The following images came from Torrent’s Facebook page.
The Special Housing Areas are failing and yet nobody is asking why?
The Government’s Auckland Housing Accord aims to relieve the city’s desperate housing shortage with 39,000 new homes, but only 350 residences have so far been built in the plan’s Special Housing Areas, an official has revealed.
Of those, only 20 have been a direct result of the housing accord.
Labour is accusing developers and landbankers of sitting on their hands and watching the value of their land increase instead of working to ease the crisis. Auckland Council has warned it could take action if building does not take place quickly.
I happen to know that the reason is deliberate and the perpetrators aren’t developers and landbankers, it is theÂ Auckland Council.
Council doesn’t want greenfield subdivisions – that’s the polar opposite to their fundamental core beliefs and desires for a compact city. Â Read more »
So…Christ was banned as a name, as “Registrar-General ofÂ Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery said names deemedÂ offensive, such as swear words or those of a religious nature such asÂ Christ, would be blocked.”
How many children were named Muhammed? Surely this is exactly theÂ same?
It seems you can’t draw an image of Muhammed but you can name your kids after him…a drawing is offensive but a name is not.
In the Herald’s world too, the drawing is offensive if it is of Muhammed, but not of Jesus.
The Herald reports:
“Special Constable” is among dozens of Kiwi names rejected last year because they were too bizarre or offensive for newborns.
Internal Affairs declined 60 name requests last year, including “Mr”, “Lucifer” and “Christ”. One child was set to be called “3rd” before the proposal was vetoed and another narrowly avoided being dubbed “Royal-Rule”. Five people were also knocked back for trying to name their offspring “/”.
The department’s rules forbid any name that implied a child held a title or a rank, so “Duke”, “Prince,” “Princess” and “Majesty” were dismissed. The most popular name rejected was “Justice” which featured six times. Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery said names deemed offensive, such as swear words or those of a religious nature such as Christ, would be blocked.
The NZ Herald has jumped donkey deep into native advertising as a way to shore up their flagging revenues.
For those who don’t know native advertising is advertising that is disguised as news.
The latest effort from the NZ Herald sets a new low….they are using the war records of dead heroes to sell the ASB Bank and Auckland Council.
They call it “content partnership” but I’ll lay dollars to a knob of goat poo that the partnership works like this. ASB Bank and Auckland Council pay NZ Herald, NZ Herald takes some information and gets a journalist to write it up, and the NZ Herald publishes it as news….the only winners here are the NZ Herald…they score revenue.
The disclaimer is tacked onto the bottom of the article. Â Read more »
After a week of being called out for their hypocrisy, even by Graeme Edgeler, another example has come to light.
A reader emails:
No doubt you folk have already thought of this but here is a link to aÂ NZ Herald article from 2011 where they are showing a Hell Pizza adÂ deliberately designed to offend and bait Christians:
The NZ Herald having to use an editorial to explain away their cowardice after week of spankings using their own articles to highlight their hypocrisy is astonishing in the first place.
Having lawyer Graeme Edgeler call them out again is hilarious.
This is an example of the left-wing and their view of freedom of expression…violence.
Both of those tweets expose the left-wing and media hypocrisy when it comes to violence, freedom of expression and freedom of speech. Â Read more »
Going on today’s NZ Herald Editorial (Editorial: Provocations Charlie Hebdo’s way, not for all)Â I think you Â must have hit the NZ Herald editorial teamâ€™s raw nerve when you posted Thursdayâ€™s NZ Hypocrite post. Â Todayâ€™s Editorial Â justifying NZ Heraldâ€™s stance on Charlie Hebdo Â proves how deeply hypocritical the NZ Herald really is and how ignorant they are about things Christian. Read more »
Caroline Fourest appears on the U.K. outlet Sky News to discuss the cowardice of UK journalists and editors in not showing the Charlie Hebdo front page.
She expresses her disgust at their cowardice and Â then sheÂ holds up a copy on live television, and the host obligingly demonstrates Fourest’sÂ point: