Thursday, 8 January 2015

Je Suis Charlie


  1. I'm going out on a limb here but all this talk about "free speech" is annoying me slightly. As a writer, of course I believe in non-cenorhip, but there has to be a measure of common sense and respect for others too. In the USA we've just had the ridiculous Sony Hacking scenario which almost became a diplomatic incident between the US and N Korea. If you make a movie depicting the assassination of a world leader (no matter how heinous and unhinged) you have to expect some reaction. That the President got dragged in and there was the possibility of "action" at tax payers' expense galled me.
    With the Paris tragedy, which I am in no way excusing, the Editor-in-Chief already had bodyguards. He knew that what he was expressing left him open to retaliation, but what he failed to respect were the lives of others around him also in danger, as we saw. Take all the risks you want but if it compromises the safety of other, possibly unwilling victims, then take a step back and think. Is your "mouthing off" or "free speech" really more important than the lives and livelihood of others?

  2. I don't agree with you: this speech is the same awful logic when a women has been rape "it's normal she has been rape, she wears a so small skirt"...
    Nothing can legitimate murders. Nothing.


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