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The Charlie Hebdo massacre, one year later

One year ago today, two brothers yelling Allahu Akhbar! (God is Great) shot up the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people there. They executed another policeman on their way out. In response, France held a massive rally on Jan. 11, 2015, many people showing up with “Je Suis Charlie” (I […]

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Charlie Hebdo sees stunning rise in subscribers after attack

From Mashable (“‘Charlie Hebdo’ now has 25 times as many subscribers as before deadly attack“): Prior to the attack at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris on Jan. 7, when two gunmen stormed the magazine’s office and killed 12, the satirical publication had a print run of between 24,000 and 50,000 copies a week, with 8,000 subscribers. On Wednesday, some 2.5 […]

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Wed, February 25 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Charlie Hebdo sees stunning rise in subscribers after attack

Did the Copenhagen shooter act alone?

One question Copenhagen police are wrestling with is whether the 22-year-old suspected of shooting at a cafe hosting a free speech lecture and then a synagogue was a lone-wolf gunman or whether he was part of a militant group.

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Mon, February 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Did the Copenhagen shooter act alone?

Mumbai editor charged, paper closed over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

From the NYT (“Newspaper in India Pays a Price for Reprinting a Charlie Hebdo Cartoon“): The Charlie Hebdo slaughter in Paris has reverberated into the multireligious ethnic sprawl of Mumbai, where an Urdu newspaper has closed and its editor faces charges and death threats for having reprinted a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad from the […]

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‘Abbas orders probe into Palestinian Prophet cartoon’

From Reuters via the Globe and Mail: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has ordered an investigation into a cartoon apparently depicting the Prophet Mohammed in an official Palestinian newspaper.

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Palestinians in West Bank protest Charlie Hebdo cartoons

From Reuters: Thousands of Palestinians rallied in the occupied West Bank on Saturday to protest against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

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Up to 800,000 Chechens attend anti-Charlie Hebdo rally

From Reuters via the Guardian (“Up to 800,000 Chechens protest over cartoons of prophet Muhammad“): Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Russia’s Chechnya region on Monday against what its Kremlin-backed leader called the “vulgar and immoral” cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published by French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

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Mon, January 19 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Up to 800,000 Chechens attend anti-Charlie Hebdo rally

Anti-Charlie Hebdo riots in some Muslim countries

Riots over the latest Charlie Hebdo depiction of the Prophet Muhammad have occurred the past two days in some Muslim countries, leading to deaths in Niger and upheaval in other lands.

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‘After Paris attacks, blurred lines over free speech issues’

The Globe and Mail‘s Joanna Slater attempts to explain some apparent contradictions on free speech occurring in France days after a massive rally for unity and free speech.

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‘Toronto Star’ publisher on not publishing the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ cartoons

Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank attempts to paint his newspaper’s decision not to reprint any of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons as a way to take the moral high road in his large and diverse city.

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Fri, January 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Toronto Star’ publisher on not publishing the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ cartoons