Je Suis Charlie


Staff Writer

Je Suis Charlie- Joanna Zegarra

Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical magazine that is no stranger to controversy. But very recently, a supposedly offensive depiction of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in a cartoon, has offended readers enough to incite violence and tragedy. On Wednesday, January seventh, there was a massacre on the office of the magazine in Paris. Twelve members of the staff were shot and killed by Muslim extremists.  On Friday the ninth, the men responsible for the attack were found and killed by authorities.

On Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande released this statement: “France is today facing a shock, the shock of a terror attack, because this is a terrorist attack without a doubt, against a publication that was threatened several times and that was protected. In these moments we have to form a block to show we are a united country. We know how to react appropriately, with firmness, but always with the concern for national unity.”

The citizens of Paris and journalists and publishesr alike are reacting in shock over the violence, but also standing their ground in their right to their freedom of press.

Journalist Laurent Leger defends the magazine he writes for, saying they don’t publish  anything to provoke offense of anger. “The aim is to laugh,” Leger says. “We want to laugh at the extremists-every extremist. They can be Muslim, Jewish, Catholic. Everyone can be religious, but extremist thoughts and acts we cannot accept.”

The action they plan to take is to be mindful of the potential dangers of satire, but not to stop doing what they do.

“In France, we always have the right to write and draw. And if some people are not happy with this, they can sue us and we can defend ourselves. That’s democracy,” Leger said. “You don’t throw bombs, you discuss, you debate. But you don’t act violently. We have to stand and resist pressure from extremism.”



Global News: 2014

2014 Highlights


Staff Writers

  1. Russia annexes Crimea and invades Ukraine
  2. Jay Leno leaves the Tonight Show
  3. Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
  4. 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram
  5. US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl returns to US after being held captive in Afghanistan for five years by the Taliban
  6. Lebron James returns to Cleveland
  7. Michael Brown fatally shot in Ferguson
  8. George Clooney marries Amal Alamuddin
  9. Scotland votes no to independence from the UK
  10. Robin Williams passed away
  11. Joan Rivers passed away
  12. ISIS beheads multiple journalists and incites airstrikes from outside nations
  13. Ebola outbreak in West Africa
  14. US Midterm Elections — Republicans dominate Congress
  15. Passenger airliner shut down in Ukraine
  16. Oil prices crash to ~$60 a barrel
  17. Donald Sterling racism scandal
  18. NASCAR driver Tony Stewart kills another driver
  19. Officer Darren Wilson not indicted for shooting of Michael Brown
  20. Narenda Modi elected India’s prime minister in largest democratic election in history
  21. NFL player Ray Rice suspended and reinstated in league after domestic violence video surfaces
  22. Jodi Arias convicted of killing her boyfriend
  23. President Obama decides to normalize US relations with Cuba
  24. Shirley Temple passes away
  25. Philip Seymour Hoffman passes away
  26. Bill Cosby accused of sexual assault by dozens of women
  27. Sony Entertainment hacked by group in North Korea upset at the upcoming release of “The Interview” — Company releases movie despite terrorism threats at the US
  28. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get married
  29. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West get married
  30. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling have a daughter
  31. Germany wins FIFA World Cup
  32. ASL Ice Bucket Challenge goes viral to raise money for disease
  33. Oscar Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder after trial covering the shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
  34. Target and Home Depot face data network hacking
  35. President Obama introduces new immigration plans as part of presidential order
  36. US Weather Agency announces 2014 was warmest year in Earth’s history
  37. Michael Phelps arrested for DUI and forced to withdraw from 2015 World Championships
  38. Selena Gomez goes to rehab
  39. Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, attacks Jay-Z in hotel elevator
  40. Gaza and Israel agree upon ceasefire after deadly 50-day war
  41. UConn men and women’s basketball win NCAA Basketball Championships
  42. Derek Jeter retires from MLB
  43. UVA student Hannah Graham disappears, investigators find remains
  44. Rolling Stones prints article about UVA fraternity accused of gang rape without verifying information
  45. New York Knicks name Phil Jackson as team president
  46. Russia hosts Sochi Winter Olympics
  47. Michael Sam drafted in the NFL
  48. Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII
  49. New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez suspended for 162 games for performance-enhancing drugs
  50. San Francisco Giants win the World Series
  51. Tens of thousands of protesters demand right to vote freely in leadership elections in Hong Kong
  52. California experiences third year of drought, considered worst in decades
  53. 2 window washers left dangling off of World Trade Center in NYC for hours
  54. Protests against police brutality erupt all around US after Michael Brown decision and Eric Garner incident
  55. Apple introduces iPhone 6, Apple Watch, Apple Pay, the iPad Air 2, iOS 8, and OSX Yosemite
  56. San Antonio Spurs crowned as 2014 NBA Champions