Editorial cartoonists around the world mourn slain Charlie Hebdo journalists with their pens

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:

A terrible day for all cartoonists. #JeSuisCharlie

— Magnus Shaw (@TheMagnusShaw) January 7, 2015

Can’t sleep tonight, thoughts with my French cartooning colleagues, their families and loved ones #CharlieHebdo

— David Pope (@davpope) January 7, 2015

Charlie Hebdo. Nooit opzij.

— Joep Bertrams (@joepbertrams) January 7, 2015


— Ruben L. Oppenheimer (@RLOppenheimer) January 7, 2015

I am devastated by what just happened in France. #CharlieHebdo

— jean jullien (@jean_jullien) January 7, 2015

7 janvier 2015 / January 7, 2015 #CharlieHebdo

— Loïc Sécheresse (@loicsecheresse) January 7, 2015

Atentado a Charlie Hebdo.

— Bernardo Erlich (@berlich) January 7, 2015

#CharlieHebdo C’est la liberté qu’on assassine >>

— Le Plus (@leplus_obs) January 7, 2015


— Tommy dessine (@Tommydessine) January 7, 2015

Horrible attack.Cartoonists across the world are uniting against bloodshed and violence. @ibnlive @cnnbrk

— Neelabh Banerjee (@NeelabhToons) January 7, 2015

RIP #CharlieHebdo cartoonists. My toon from 2010:

— Nate Beeler (@natebeeler) January 7, 2015

La viñeta de hoy. Comparta y/o comente si quiere. #CharlieHebdo

— malaimagen (@malaimagen) January 7, 2015

Adieu Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous, Charb…le dessin de Zep. N’arrêtez jamais de dessiner. #CharlieHebdo

— Adeline Francois (@a2linefrancois) January 7, 2015


— Francisco J. Olea (@oleismos) January 7, 2015

#CharlieHebdo : l’hommage de notre dessinateur Nono

— Le Télégramme (@LeTelegramme) January 7, 2015

#JeSuisCharlie #RIP la liberté d’expression..

— inFoGeekinSoFun (@DREFF_XIII) January 7, 2015

De tout coeur avec Charlie Hebdo.

— PLANTU (@plantu) January 7, 2015

Comment dessiner aujourd’hui ?
Comment ne pas dessiner aujourd’hui ?

— Martin Vidberg (@Vidberg) January 7, 2015

Washington Post cartoonist @AnnTelnaes on #CharlieHebdo.

— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) January 7, 2015

No ens rendirem #CharlieHebdo

— Oriol Malet (@OriolMalet) January 7, 2015

— El Jueves (@eljueves) January 7, 2015

Please, RT! #CharlieHebdo attack has another victim! Via @MiddleEastMnt #ParisShooting

— Carlos Latuff (@LatuffCartoons) January 7, 2015