A year after the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo , in which 12 people were killed, most of them journalists, the satirical magazine is still a source of confusion and controversy over free speech rights. In 2015 acts of terrorism by Islamic extremists – most recently in Lebanon, Egypt, Mali and, dramatically, a fresh series of attacks in Paris in November – provide ample evidence that the Charlie Hebdo attack was not an isolated incident of political barbarism.
One year after one of the deadliest ever attacks on journalists, the debate over press freedom, self-censorship and ethical responsibility is constant. Have these attacks triggered a change in how journalists report on religion and acts of terrorism?
The article quotes EJN’s director Aidan White: “Living in an age of hate-speech, journalism is needed more than ever to counteract the drift towards intolerance and extremist violence.” Combating hate-speech will be high on the EJN’s agenda for 2016.
The International Press Institute (IPI) marked the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by joining with PEN International, its affiliates and 41 other free expression groups around the world in reaffirming a commitment to defend the right to freedom of expression.
Read the full article here, (International Press Institute)
The Charlie Hebdo attack, which left 11 dead and 12 wounded, was a horrific reminder of the violence to which journalists, artists and other critical voices are subjected in a global atmosphere marked by increasing intolerance of dissent. The killings inaugurated a year that has proved especially challenging for proponents of freedom of opinion.
French police shot dead a man wielding a meat cleaver after he tried to enter police station on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo militant attacks in Paris. On Twitter, commentators remembered last year’s events, responded to the day’s shooting and poked fun at Donald Trump for appearing to suggest that Paris was in Germany.
It has been a testing year for journalism. It began with 10 journalists and cartoonists among those killed by terrorists in the unconscionable massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Within hours the EJN published an article advising journalists to defend free speech but also to lower the temperature, to eliminate hate speech and to avoid encouraging acts of revenge or abuse of Muslims. We called for “slow journalism” and for newsrooms to think carefully about how to handle the story.
The Paris events triggered much talk in media circles over free speech, self-censorship and ethical responsibility. And the EJN was at the centre of this debate. We published a second article urging journalists to rely on their codes and editorial traditions when reporting terrorism, to avoid propaganda traps set by media-savvy extremists and, above all, to tell the story with humanity.
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on ideas and projects that will help RJI understand and meet the information needs of individuals in their roles as citizens.
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