Via The Daily Mail
Four of France’s most revered cartoonists – Stephane Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski, Bernard ‘Tignous’ Verlhac and Jean Cabut – were among 12 people executed by masked gunmen in Paris today at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Two masked men brandishing Kalashnikovs burst into the magazine’s headquarters this morning, opening fire on staff, also shooting dead revered economist and contributor Bernard Maris, 68.
Police officers were involved in a gunfight with the ‘calm and highly disciplined men’, who escaped in a hijacked car, speeding away towards east Paris. They remain on the loose, along with a third armed man.
Three other victims are reported to be guest editor Michel Renaud, 73-year-old cartoonist Philippe Honoré – known as Honore – and the magazine’s proofreader Mustapha Ourad.
Two police officers, Ahmed Merabet and Franck Brinsolaro, are also reportedly among the 12 people that have been killed, according to French media.
Tributes have been pouring in to ‘heroic’ men who refused to be intimidated and who saw their work as vital tools of political expression, with one Twitter user stating ‘you wanted to kill Charlie Hebdo, you just made it immortal’.
Charbonnier, 47, known by his pen name Charb, was the editor of the weekly magazine, and once famously said ‘I’d prefer to die than live like a rat’. He also declared, in the face of animosity from extremists, ‘I live under French law, not Koranic law’. Continue Reading….
I remember reading about Charlie Hebdo’s anti-Islamic cartoons sometime ago. On one occasion the magazine named Prophet Mohammed as its guest editor, published cartoons of the holy figure in the nude, and once renamed itself Sharia Hebdo with the cover slogan ‘100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter’.
In my opinion they were really pushing it and the content (disguised as “satirical”) was just straight up racist, offensive and there to antagonize.
What happened today in Paris was truly shocking and barbaric, however innocent citizens who happen to be Muslims will no doubt be made to pay for those deaths.
Rest In Peace to the 12 who lost their lives.