WORDmeister note: Yesterday’s brutal attack on Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo by gunmen who witnesses say shouted “Allahu Akbar” and, “The Prophet is avenged,” has lit up social media and journalistic circles. Aside from the statement from Charlie Hebdo’s editor, perhaps the most important words on the attack come from the slain cartoonists’ colleagues.
Power of the Pen
“I don’t understand how people can attack a newspaper with heavy weapons. A newspaper is not a weapon of war.”
—Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief, Charlie Hebdo, who was out of the country when the attacks occurred.
Story: “At least 12 dead in shooting at Paris magazine office; suspects named, NPR, Jan. 7, 2015
• Editorial Comment: When words won’t suffice, there are artists.
See BuzzFeed collection of cartoonists’ responses to Charlie Hebdo shootings.
PeezPix by Ted Pease
Dark sunset, January 2015
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