Who Is Charlie Hebdo? (Comparative Government and the 1st Amendment)



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While studying comparative government I came across the headline “Wie Charlie Hebdo ins Visier der Terroristen geriet” on a German Newspaper. It tells how France’s liberalism got out of hand:

The prophet is avenged,” is said to have been called by one of the two assassins. Before that they had shot in the offices of the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” with a round from Kalashnikovs, killing at least twelve people and eight seriously injured.”

From the German’s point of view it was revenge from many anti-Islamic posts that build up over the years on a weekly basis. They had even published a satire about predictions for 2022 president being Muslim the title being “The predictions of the magician Houellebecq: 2015 I lose my teeth … I follow the 2022 Ramadan!”  Germany is very sensitive to its own history of ethnic and cultural prejudice and it is known for its liberal attitude towards immigrants.

Another highlight is the mention of a story published in 2006 in which controversial images of Islam were portrayed to the world from a Danish Newspaper. The images were shown in many Muslim countries  as an method to motivate anti-Western protests.  The Charlie Hebdo magazine and this Dutch publication became well known throughout France. In response to all this, two Muslims decided to attack the editorial offices of the French magazine based in Paris killing twelve people and leaving eight injured.

From the German point of view you can infer that the reason the attack was made was because of this magazine culturally harassing Muslims. Also that the correct way to have dealt with this was taking the magazine to court.

As an American, I am grateful to have a government in which this can be done. A place where freedom of press exists, but can also be sued for harming others.