Reporters and allies of free speech around the world are decrying the deadly attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo as an attack on much more than one paper. And cartoonists are adding poignant images to that discussion with the best tool they have: their pens.
With text and word bubbles in many languages, the images are universal in their shock and condemnation of what world leaders are calling a terrorist attack on freedom of the press.
Many are tagging their cartoons with the growing hashtag, #JeSuisCharlie, French for “I am Charlie,” to express the idea that all journalists mourn the loss of their colleagues and the attack on freedom of the press. The images express their sadness at the loss of one of their own, capture the sentiment of the moment and defend free speech in all its forms, especially the editorial cartoon.
The Montreal Gazette’s Aislin (Terry Mosher’s pen name) responded with the cartoon that’s the feature image on this story. He also knew one of those murdered today, and reflects on the tragedy and his own experience with controversy here.
Here are some of the best cartoons memorializing the 12 slain at Charlie Hebdo magazine shared on Twitter:
— Magnus Shaw (@TheMagnusShaw) January 7, 2015
— David Pope (@davpope) January 7, 2015
Charlie Hebdo. Nooit opzij. pic.twitter.com/MJwGKPQ8jU
— Joep Bertrams (@joepbertrams) January 7, 2015
— jean jullien (@jean_jullien) January 7, 2015
— Loïc Sécheresse (@loicsecheresse) January 7, 2015
— Bernardo Erlich (@berlich) January 7, 2015
— Le Plus (@leplus_obs) January 7, 2015
— Neelabh Banerjee (@NeelabhToons) January 7, 2015
— Nate Beeler (@natebeeler) January 7, 2015
— malaimagen (@malaimagen) January 7, 2015
— Adeline Francois (@a2linefrancois) January 7, 2015
— Le Télégramme (@LeTelegramme) January 7, 2015
— inFoGeekinSoFun (@DREFF_XIII) January 7, 2015
Comment dessiner aujourd’hui ?
Comment ne pas dessiner aujourd’hui ? pic.twitter.com/cNtJY6e7MK
— Martin Vidberg (@Vidberg) January 7, 2015
— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) January 7, 2015
— Oriol Malet (@OriolMalet) January 7, 2015