Solidarity Rallies for Charlie Hebdo Victims & Press Freedom

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I’m not afraid of reprisals. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no credit. It’s probably a little pompous, but I prefer to die standing than live kneeling.” – Charb, editor of Charlie Hebdo killed in today’s attack

Per Wiki: Charlie Hebdo (French for Charlie Weekly) is a French satirical weekly newspaper, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes. Irreverent and stridently non-conformist in tone, the publication is strongly antireligious and left-wing, publishing articles on the extreme right, Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, politics, culture, etc. According to its former editor, Charb (Stephane Charbonnier), the magazine’s editorial viewpoint reflects “all components of left wing pluralism, and even abstainers.”

The Cryptosphere: Around noon Wednesday, publication day of the latest weekly issue, two armed and masked men dressed all in black walked into the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and opened fire with Kalashnikovs. Twelve people are confirmed dead, two police officers and ten Charlie Hebdo staffers, with 4 others reportedly in critical condition, and 40 others rescued.

Demonstrations and vigils are now happening in several countries with journalists and cartoonists standing up for freedom of the press and in solidarity with the victims of Charlie Hebdo.

The unfortunate reality of this type of activity are those who wish to perpetuate hate and division are the only benefactors. We already see elements of extremism on both sides using this attack to promote their right wing fascist and Islamist extremist agendas.

Hashtags are trending in several languages: #JeSuisCharlie #IAmCharlie #IchBinCharlie #SoyCharlie #CharlieHebdo

Live map of solidarity demonstrations:

Click here for a slideshow of Charlie Hebdo’s latest covers via Fast Company

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