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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cheat Sheet - Gunmen Kill Cartoonists in Name of Islam

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January 07, 2015

At least four of France's most celebrated cartoonists—Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier, Jean "Cabu" Cabut, Georges Wolinski, and Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac—are dead after two gunmen attacked a satirical magazine in Paris on Wednesday, shouting "We have avenged the Prophet."

Police said at least 12 people were killed, two of them police officers, and 11 were wounded. The gunmen used AK-47s in the assault on Charlie Hebdo and are still at large. The car used to get away was later found in the nearby 19th district, in northeastern Paris. According to the AFP, the gunmen reportedly forced a staff member to open the door at gunpoint.


The Associated Press, the world's largest news collective, said Wednesday it is deleting pictures of the Charlie Hebdo magazine covers that depict the Prophet Muhammad from its commercial photo service. While the photos are still available on the news wire, the AP said its official policy is to censor them. "None of the images distributed by AP showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad," said spokesman Paul Colford on the day that terrorists killed 12 people, including several cartoonists, at the magazine. "It's been our policy for years that we refrain from moving deliberately provocative images." Several news organizations, including the New York Daily News and London Telegraph, cropped out or pixelated Charlie Hebdo magazine covers showing Muhammad.


Thousands of Parisians gathered Wednesday night at the Place de la Republique to protest the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. Many held copies of the magazine, including one with the cover of a Muslim kissing a cartoonist that reads: "Love is stronger than hate." Others waved pens in support of journalists and freedom of the press. "Everyone is shocked: the cartoonists Charb, Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous," said one demonstrator. "We grew up with them. Half of France grew up with them." Other spontaneous demonstrations formed throughout France, including in Bordeaux, Nantes, and Lyon.


According to an eyewitness, 33-year-old Cédric Le Béchec, the terrorists told a man in the street to "Tell the media that this is al Qaeda in the Yemen" before carrying out their attack on Charlie Hebdo. Corinne "Coco" Rey, one of the cartoonists who survived the attack, also said the assailants "spoke perfect French" and "claimed to be from al Qaeda." In posted videos, the gunmen can be heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" and they looked well-trained, especially as they were quickly in and out.


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