Let us begin by asking two simple questions : What is wrong in being a liberal? And what is wrong in practicing freedom of expression?
On January 7, 2015, editorial room of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical publication, was swamped by blood of 12 people, who were killed by 3 gunmen in an attempt to gun down the freedom of speech. The magazine was targeted for its provocative covers, a number of them featuring caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. For the gunmen believed depictions of Prophet are profane.
This incident took away with it some of France’s best cartoonist which included the editor of the magazine too.
In response to this incident, the cartoonists from all around the world, did what they do best, they drew out their emotions to support Charlie Hebdo. Here are a few illustrations that went viral on social.
Apart from all the outrage on Twitter, millions gathered on the streets of Paris on 11th Jan’15 for a Unity March. The rally included 40 world leaders, including UK’s PM Cameron and German Chancellor Merkel.
The famous international series ‘The Simpsons’ didn’t fall behind in paying their tribute. This is from the closing scene of ‘The Simpsons’ episode on Sunday night.
Last but not the least, the team at Charlie Hebdo stunned us once again with their first post-attack cover.
Zineb El Rhazoui, a surviving columnist at Charlie Hebdo magazine who worked on the new issue, said the cover was a call to forgive the terrorists who murdered her colleagues last week and also urged extremists to accept humour.
Social media was once again used as a platform to exercise freedom of speech by millions. Social media has always been a place where people across the world can share their views and ideas. Power to the world of social! Empowering the world without fear and violence.
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Untill next time. Peace out !