What if Charlie Hebdo was a UK publication?
Spiked examines what would have happened.
Week 1: Magazine‚Äôs editors and staff get No Platformed by the National Union of Students on the grounds that their publication has been ‚Äėidentified by the NUS‚Äôs Democratic Procedures Committee as holding racist or fascist views‚Äô. They are forbidden from all campuses.
Week 2: Individual student unions ban the sale or display of Charlie Hebdoanywhere on their premises in order to protect students from feeling the need to¬†‚Äėsuccumb to media pressure to fear and loathe Muslims‚Äô and encourage students instead to ‚Äėcelebrate Muslim students for their academic achievements and countless other talents‚Äô. Unions across the country justify the ban as ‚Äėan important symbolic step towards creating a culture of ethnic and religious parity on campus‚Äô.
Week 3: A Change.org petition is created, calling on supermarket chains to ‚ÄėStop Selling Charlie Hebdo‚Äô. A different petition is launched, by a campaign group called Muslim Eyes, demanding that supermarkets hide Charlie Hebdo in black plastic bags so that Muslims and others will not feel offended by its front covers. Supermarkets are called upon to ‚Äėpromote the right environment in store‚Äô and not allow the open display of ‚Äėoffensive material‚Äô.
Week 4: A Twitterstorm builds in support of the petition of supermarkets, with hundreds of thousands of tweets using the hashtag #CoverUpCharlie to demand that the magazine be put in black bags. A member of parliament backs the campaign. Supermarkets relent and announce that some stores will remove Charlie Hebdo from sale while others will put it in black plastic covers and on the top shelf next to the porno mags.