As a comic creator, I offer my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of all those murdered in Paris earlier today in a barbaric attack by persons as yet unknown, on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
To echo others: France has a long tradition of radical satire, going back to the French Revolution. Dissent is important. Religious extremism must not be allowed to crush freedom.
The offices were attacked by gunmen, who have killed 12 people at its Paris offices, which were previously fire bombed in November 2011 when it published a cartoon of Muhammad.
Stephane Charbonnier (“Charb”), the magazine’s 47-year-old editor-in-chief was killed in the attack. He had received death threats in the past and was living under police protection.
Three cartoonists have been killed, named by AFP as Jean Cabut (“Cabu”), aged 76, Bernard Verlhac (“Tignous”), 58, and Georges Wolinski (“Wolinski”), 80. Also killed was economist Bernard Maris, who worked under the pseudonym “Uncle Bernard” for the magazine.
Several of the wounded remain in a critical condition.
One of the latest tweets on Charlie Hebdo’s feed was a cartoon of the Islamic State militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
BBC News reports French President Francois Hollande says there was no doubt it had been a terrorist attack “of exceptional barbarity”.
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, has released a statement on Facebook condemning the attack and calling for a march on Thursday through Paris’s Republic Square at 6.00pm.
Commenting on Twitter, newspaper columnist Mustafa Akyolin said: “As a Muslim, I condemn the cruel attack on CharlieHebdo & offer condolences to the French people. The “Islam” of the murderers is not mine.”
As a Muslim, I condemn the cruel attack on #CharlieHebdo & offer condolences to the French people. The “Islam” of the murderers is not mine.
— Mustafa Akyol (@AkyolinEnglish) January 7, 2015
Please don’t forget that it is only a tiny minority of extremists that would agree with what has happened today in Paris. Do not be carried along by hatred by the foul attack and help terrorists succeed in dividing us further.
(Added 8th January)
• Charlie Hebdo editor and cartoonist Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, 47
• Cartoonist Jean “Cabu” Cabut, 76
• Cartoonist Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, 57
• Cartoonist Georges Wolinski, 80
• Philippe Honore, 73 Economist and regular magazine columnist
• Bernard Maris, 68, known to readers as Uncle Bernard
• Mustapha Ourrad, proof-reader Elsa Cayat, psychoanalyst and columnist
• Michel Renaud, who was visiting from the city of Clermont-Ferrand
• Frederic Boisseau, 42, caretaker
• Police officers Franck Brinsolaro, who acted as Charb’s bodyguard, and Ahmed Merabet, 42
(Some added as updates)
• BBC News 7-1-2015: Charlie Hebdo: Gun attack on French magazine kills 12
• BBC News 7-1-2015: Charlie Hebdo and its place in French journalism
• BBC Profile 7-1-2015: Defiant Charlie Hebdo editor ‘Charb’
• Linternaute 7-1-15: Mort de Cabu et Charb : Jean Cabut et Stéphane Charbonnier tués de sang froid
• Reason.com 7-1-2015: ‘Je suis Charlie’? No, You’re Not, or Else You Might Be Dead
• The Guardian 7-1-2015: Charlie Hebdo: We cannot let the Paris murderers define Islam by Ed Husain
• Los Angeles Times 7-1-2015 | Ted Rail: Special to The Los Angeles Times: Political Cartooning is Almost Worth Dying For
• Informed Comment 7-1-2015 | Juan Cole: Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda attacked Satirists in Paris
• BBC Viewpoint 8-1-2015: The roots of the battle for free speech by Tom Holland
• The Beat 8-1-2015: The cartooning world — and the rest of the world — reacts to the Charlie Hebdo attack
• The Guardian 9-1-2015: Joe Sacco: On Satire – a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks
• The Observer 10-1-2015: Legendary Cartoonist Robert Crumb on the Massacre in Paris
• Daily Kos 11-1-2015: On not understanding “Charlie:” Why many smart people are getting it wrong• Daily Kos 11-1-2-15: The Charlie Hebdo cartoons no one is showing you
Tweets and Comments by Other Comic Creators
Sickened by what I’ve read of the events in Paris…thoughts and prayers go out to the families.
— Ben Abernathy (@Ben_Abernathy) January 7, 2015
— Mafalda Quotes (@MafaldaQuotes) January 7, 2015
We offer our deepest sympathies to the victims of the attack on #CharlieHebdo, and to the friends and relatives of those who died.
— Procartoonists (@procartoonists) January 7, 2015