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Old 09.01.2015, 17:38
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Re: France: Charlie Hebdo Office shootings

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The [Brittish] journalist raised the question of whether or not Charlie Hebdo should have been a bit more cautious about whom their magazine was offending.
In France, this is not even a question, the woman was not offended, she was looking for a nice way to tell him he was displaying pure ignorance about France by asking that. Blame cultural differences if it helps dealing with this fact but you won't change France. Even at the price of terrorist attacks. Giving up freedom of press and expression by living in permanent self-censorship is not an option for Charlie Hebdo.

There is nothing wrong with other cultures reacting differently, like the Danes who had big "we're sorry" demonstrations after the "caricaturegate". They chose to give up a part of their freedom of press and expression by living in permanent self-censorship, it's fine too. But it's not Charlie.

Most of what was published in this paper would be unthinkable in most other western countries anyway. Islamic extremism related caricatures are not that shocking compared with others of their favorite targets like the church, far right groups, Israel, US foreign politics, French politicians etc.
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