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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 pic.twitter.com/Ksbl89WLsE

— Magnus Shaw (@TheMagnusShaw) January 7, 2015

Can’t sleep tonight, thoughts with my French cartooning colleagues, their families and loved ones #CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/LqIMRCHPgK

— David Pope (@davpope) January 7, 2015

Charlie Hebdo. Nooit opzij. pic.twitter.com/MJwGKPQ8jU

— Joep Bertrams (@joepbertrams) January 7, 2015

#CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/15O4YC2KWg

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

I am devastated by what just happened in France. #CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/IxEbScqYFh

— jean jullien (@jean_jullien) January 7, 2015

7 janvier 2015 / January 7, 2015 #CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/Bs6LpzeZGl

— Loïc Sécheresse (@loicsecheresse) January 7, 2015

Atentado a Charlie Hebdo.
http://t.co/TBlz9pBuI7 pic.twitter.com/3UrweOEYK0

— Bernardo Erlich (@berlich) January 7, 2015

#CharlieHebdo C’est la liberté qu’on assassine >> http://t.co/uvDK3N9Co3 pic.twitter.com/L81TX1Qwnr

— Le Plus (@leplus_obs) January 7, 2015

#CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/GNh2ZAEArf

— Tommy dessine (@Tommydessine) January 7, 2015

Horrible attack.Cartoonists across the world are uniting against bloodshed and violence. @ibnlive @cnnbrk pic.twitter.com/QtTe9INeU9

— Neelabh Banerjee (@NeelabhToons) January 7, 2015

RIP #CharlieHebdo cartoonists. My toon from 2010: pic.twitter.com/ahyyrlN57s

— Nate Beeler (@natebeeler) January 7, 2015

La viñeta de hoy. Comparta y/o comente si quiere. #CharlieHebdo
http://t.co/aj7Vbn3b6c pic.twitter.com/jtuiGf0Vnq

— malaimagen (@malaimagen) January 7, 2015

Adieu Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous, Charb…le dessin de Zep. N’arrêtez jamais de dessiner. #CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/F9KInDR8AL

— Adeline Francois (@a2linefrancois) January 7, 2015

#CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/jIBbrIShe8

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

#CharlieHebdo : l’hommage de notre dessinateur Nono pic.twitter.com/CmTm41U1QH

— Le Télégramme (@LeTelegramme) January 7, 2015

#JeSuisCharlie #RIP la liberté d’expression.. pic.twitter.com/93qwGLssOh

— inFoGeekinSoFun (@DREFF_XIII) January 7, 2015

De tout coeur avec Charlie Hebdo. pic.twitter.com/8KwTipn3Wp

— PLANTU (@plantu) January 7, 2015

Comment dessiner aujourd’hui ?
Comment ne pas dessiner aujourd’hui ? pic.twitter.com/cNtJY6e7MK

— Martin Vidberg (@Vidberg) January 7, 2015

Washington Post cartoonist @AnnTelnaes on #CharlieHebdo. http://t.co/kwtvbInWJC pic.twitter.com/Ipk9Q6y0RA

— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) January 7, 2015

No ens rendirem #CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/QGPCjt9eFX

— Oriol Malet (@OriolMalet) January 7, 2015

pic.twitter.com/zvenROdFmV

— El Jueves (@eljueves) January 7, 2015

Please, RT! #CharlieHebdo attack has another victim! Via @MiddleEastMnt #ParisShooting pic.twitter.com/PNesB88POL

— Carlos Latuff (@LatuffCartoons) January 7, 2015