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How dare they talk of freedom of speech and expression

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In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders (most of them cartoonists) in September 1981, I was sentenced to 12 months in prison at Snaresbrook Crown Court for drawing cartoons that "offended" the Board of Deputies of British Jews. I served just over nine months of that sentence. I am the only cartoonist in English legal history to have been treated this way. Why? Because I offended some Jews. On the other hand, it is alright to offend and insult Muslims. There you have the hypocrisy of Western governments when handling the issue of who has freedom of expression and who does not. You can not criticise Israel nor lampoon the Jews without the entire state coming down on you. Insult the prophet Mohammed and you are being "satirical", despite the fact that it offends Muslims.

Robert Edwards

 

The Art of Controversy by Victor Navasky. Controversial cartoonists in history.

From a YouTube contributor
CHARLIE HEBDO: THE FACTS
In essence, you're right, but being a Frenchman let me tell you a little detail that you probably don't know. Charlie Hebdo (the new one, not the old guard) was also part of the "leftist" ideology that brought the current situation. They both legitimized immigration in the 1970s to bring salaries down and today denounce Muslims in france (who are the same people) for them not adhering to their social libertarian ideology.
Additionally, they actively attacked and acted for the censorship for people they didn't agree with, such as Dieudonné the humorist, directly causing an amateur revisionnist historian called Reynouard. Check the guy called Philippe Val too. '68 generation you know, child loving etc. Lots of shady stuff..
So, playing the "Islam is incompatible with our values!", "freedom of speech is a common value!" card is, in essence true (or at least debatable), but it's also falling for their trap and completely missing the point...
I wouldn't hold it on you though since you probably don't know French affairs as well as British ones..
This is completely separate from the fact that them being killed is horrible though...


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