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Free speech no buts: Buzzfeed writer says Charlie Hebdo dead are not victims

by | 8th, January 2015



Now that 12 people are dead the liberals can return to the view that free speech is free with no ‘buts’? The Twitter narks that call the police on anyone saying things they don’t like, police persecuting people for saying the unsayable online and a State-approved license for journalists are all horrific assaults on our free thinking.

Shame it took a massacre in France to remind liberals that freedom to think is also freedom to offend.

Take Buzzfeed’s Siraj Datoo. In 2012, he wrote on Charlie Hebdo and those Mohammed cartoons:

Charlie Hebdo did, and always should, have the right to publish such images. The freedom of the expression is fundamental in a democratic liberal society and each individual must be allowed to express their opinions in a peaceful and democratic way.

And then came the ‘but’…

So what’s my problem with the editorial team at Charlie Hebdo?

My primary concern is that satirical newspapers are meant to criticise or pick at certain issues following incidents….

Instead of tackling a serious issue, the publication of the cartoons is clearly a provocation and demanded a reaction. The editorial team of Charlie Hebdo need to understand that with such freedom (of the press) comes responsibility. Even I know that, and I’m just the editor-in-chief of an online magazine…

Wow. You can only lampoon an approved set of things. Is there a list?

But that was nothing. In 2011, he wrote for Muslim News :

Can satire and Islamism co-exist? This was the question posed on the MailOnline’s comment website, Right Minds, shortly after the firebombing of the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly), a satirical French magazine in Paris.

Ha-ha. That question is a work of genius. It’s a parody, right?

…the attack on the satirical weekly was inexcusable and freedom of the press is an extremely important value to defend and this is also the attitude taken by head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, Mohammed Moussaoui. What is most striking is that this attack occurred before the paper had even reached the public the perpetrators had not even seen what the issue consisted of before

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