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Jakarta Post

Freedom of expression or freedom to incite hatred and violence?

  • Lucy J. Aguilar


Paris   /   Fri, October 30 2020   /  01:00 am
People demonstrate against the cartoons of French satirical Charlie Hebdo, in front of the French embassy in Ankara, on Wednesday. (AFP/Adem Altan)

As a neutral (non-Muslim and non-religious) world citizen, I'm indignant at the media's pathetic attempt to garner public sympathy by portraying Charlie Hebdo as a staunch defender of the freedom of expression, beloved by the French society at large. Nothing is further from the truth!  The French public supports the victims, not the magazine itself. As for being a great defender of free speech, ironically enough, Charlie Hebdo was accused in February 2015 of attacking freedom of the press when they tried to suppress the publication of Charpie Hebdo, a parody of its own magazine. So much for a sense of humor!   For those who may not know, Charlie Hebdo is a French (allegedly) satirical weekly magazine. Right from its inception in 1970, it has been banned, sued, and publicly criticized in France for continuous abuses, notably calling Palestinians “un...