Charlie Hebdo Editor Slams Gutless News Organizations For Not Publishing Cartoons

Huffington Post reports:

Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, on Sunday denounced the Western publications that have declined to reprint his paper’s controversial cartoons in the aftermath of the Jan. 7 mass shooting at Charlie Hebdo’s Paris office.

“This cartoon is not just a little figure. It’s a symbol. It’s the symbol of freedom of speech, of freedom of religion, of democracy and secularism,” Biard told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “When they refuse to publish this cartoon, when they blur it out, when they decline to publish it, they blur out democracy.

Biard said he was in London at the time of the shooting, when two masked gunmenstormed the publication’s headquarters and killed 12 people, including editor Stéphane 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 paper’s history of publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. 

In the days since the attack, several news organizations have declined to reprint the controversial drawings in full, and have also chosen not to reprint the paper’s first cover since Jan. 7, which depicts Muhammad weeping and holding a sign that reads “I am Charlie.” A headline above the drawing reads “All Is Forgiven.”

“Every time that we draw a cartoon of Muhammad, every time that we draw a cartoon of the prophet, every time that we draw a cartoon of God, we defend the freedom of religion,” Biard said Sunday. “It is also the freedom of speech. Religion should not be a political argument.”

Biard’s comments come just days after Pope Francis criticized Charlie Hebdo’s decision to publish the provocative cartoons, suggesting the newspaper had gone too far in its depictions of the prophet.

“One cannot provoke; one cannot insult other people’s faith; one cannot make fun of faith,” the pope said last week.

But Biard suggested Sunday that following the pope’s admonition would set a dangerous precedent.

We do not kill anyone. We must stop conflating the murderers and the victims. We must stop declaring that those who write and draw are provocateurs, that they are throwing gas on the fire,” he said. “We must not place thinkers and artists in the same categories as murderers.

Words that would be lost on Shayne Currie and the rest of the cowards at the NZ Herald.


– Huffington Post


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  • intelligentes candida diva

    “We must not place thinkers and artists in the same categories as murderers” It really is that simple, nothing less nothing more, just that simple

  • Pete

    I just get the feeling that, over time these horrific murders, will slowly be rinsed away by the PC brigade and cowardly media and politicians.

    • symgardiner

      I doubt it. There will be many more unfortunately. If it wasn’t for the swift actions of the Belgiums they would have been next.

  • BloodyOrphan

    The Pope has fallen for the “Only One God” trap, another sociopathic mechanism for torturing the unbelievers into submission.

    • Rocket

      Message for Jorge Mario Bergoglio, cuddle the sociopaths if you want, but do not advise me how to live. Thank you.

    • Geoff

      He has also just visited one of the impoverished countries in the world and continues to uphold the ban on contraception. It is enough to make you weep.

      • BloodyOrphan

        It’s all about the power base for those mongrels, The church of England came into existence for a reason, and look at what happened in Ireland, so many parallels to the Shiite Sunni conflict, it’s depressing to think we still have this much stupidity in the world in 2015.

        “Just stop thinking” the religions of the world tell us, live like it’s 2000bc and you’ll be fine, God will love you …. morons M8!

      • Disinfectant

        Got to grow the flock to keep the show going, no matter what the cost to those personally.

    • Disinfectant

      And he’s even prepared to punch people whom he considers to have been offenders with their words.
      This is more than I have ever said as an atheist.