Charlie Hebdo Editor Slams News Organizations For Not Publishing Cartoons

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 gunmen stormed the publication’s headquarters and killed 12 people, including editor Stéphane Charbonnier and several of the paper’s cartoonists and editorialists.

  • The Western media has mostly proven itself to be a spineless vestigial organ. It is in the process of being replaced by real journalists who publish on the internet.

    The legacy media wouldn’t know what free speech was if it wasn’t for brave bloggers.

  • Ho Hum

    Thousands protest against Charlie Hebdo cartoons in Grozny, Chechnya

  • wallyj180

    It doesn’t matter what stand they take, whether it is free speech, women’s rights, gay rights, the death penalty, abortion, child abuse, etc., the lefties will roll over in a second if there is any chance that they face the slightest chance of being called racist.
    It does not matter if the charge is plausible or not, they roll over. Their principles are disposable.

  • roccolore

    You don’t need to know French to know that MSNBC is cowardly.