Friday 2 December 2016

A year after Charlie Hebdo, have we learnt anything?

As French cartoonists continue to fight for freedom of expression last week, the German public battle with a self-censoring media, writes Rachel Lavin

Rachel Lavin

Published 10/01/2016 | 02:30

Memorial: A picture taken on January 7, 2016 shows a makeshift memorial at the Place de la Republique in Paris. Photo: Getty
Memorial: A picture taken on January 7, 2016 shows a makeshift memorial at the Place de la Republique in Paris. Photo: Getty

January 7 marked one year since the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, which saw 17 people killed by two jihadi gunmen, including 12 staff at the offices of the popular French satire magazine.

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The cartoonists marked the anniversary with a surprising front cover. The cartoon depicts the Christian God with an illuminati symbol on his head, running away with a gun and blood on his hands. The title reads 'The assassin is still at large'.

Rather than making Muslim extremists the butt of their joke, which was perhaps expected, the cartoonists are targeting a popular Western religion. It was something many religious publications condemned as 'anti-religious', yet that is exactly the point.

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