Thursday, January 8, 2015
Je Suis Charlie, I Am Charlie
"Against crayons, pencils and captions, they fought with kalashnikovs. What weakness!"-- Liberation newspaper, Jan. 7, 2015
Today, I'm sad as a journalist, writer and human being. Yesterday, 12 innocent people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were shot dead in a terrorist attack not far from my apartment.
As they left the crime scene, the perpetrators (who are still on the run) proclaimed: "We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad"
This hit close to home in both a physical and figurative sense. And both are frightening.
As a journalist and a fiction writer, I'm used to expressing my opinion. The idea that fellow journalists have been killed here in France, a country of freedom of expression and freedom of the press, is horrifying.
Please click here to read my story on Medium.com about this tragic event.