Charlie Hebdo

This morning in Paris, 12 people from the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, were killed by gunmen claiming to be affiliated with al Qaeda. For nearly fifty years Charlie Hebdo has used satire and irreverent, absurdist humor to take on religion, injustice, and corruption. The newspaper received numerous death threats and was even bombed in 2011 for it’s cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. Stéphane Charbonnier, the newspapers editorial director and cartoonist refused to give in to these threats, and as a result was living under police protection. Sadly, he was one of the 12 killed today. Charbonnier said in response to threats over the years, “Je préfère mourir debout que de vivre à genoux” which translates to: “I prefer to die standing than live on my knees.”

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