“…Too many people, journalists included, seem to look on #Je Suis Charlie as the latest internet fashion frenzy – a combination of #Bring Back Our Girls and the ice bucket challenge.
But this isn’t some nebulous fad to be used to show your friends what a great humanitarian you are. It is, quite literally, a matter of life and death.
I understand why most newspapers, this one included, decided not to publish the cartoons. I don’t agree with that decision, but it’s probably prudent and, ultimately, these are matters above the pay grade of individual journalists.
But there is nothing to stop journalists or anyone else with social media accounts from reprinting or re-tweeting the offending cartoons. Some people may not want to, some people may feel it’s a hornets’ nest that’s not worth disturbing and these are legitimate decisions. But anyone who uses the hashtag while refusing to share the pictures is just another tourist in this debate.”