The dynamic questions surrounding freedom of expression have also come to the fore, with an outpouring of grief for the cartoonists, journalists, and police officer slain coming from those who say they supported the right of those killed to be provocative even as they may have disagreed with the manner of their expression.
Khalid Albaih, a Sudanese cartoonist who lives in exile in Qatar, was among those speaking out. In a column for Al-Jazeera, he wrote, “I condemn the attacks on the cartoonists even though I don’t agree with the publication’s editorial slant, which I have often found to be hurtful and racist. Nevertheless, I would continue to stand for their freedom of speech.”
And the roots of the current crisis are deep, according to Albaih. He continued:
Hoping to avoid false or counterproductive narratives, however, some made the point that the deadly assault on Charlie Hebdo’s office should not be characterized as a so-called “clash of civilizations.” As Homa Khaleeli, a journalist for the Guardian, wrote after beginning to hear familiar rhetoric in the aftermath of the attack suggesting that all Muslims should go on the record to condemn such crimes.
The hashtags #CharlieHebdo and #JeSuisCharlie continue to trend on Twitter:
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