Charlie Hebdo cartoonists reject Texas attack comparison

5th May 2015, Comments 1 comment

Two Charlie Hebdo journalists have rejected any suggestion of similarities between a deadly attack on the French satirical magazine and a failed armed assault on a Mohammed cartoon event in Texas.

Two men toting assault rifles were shot dead Sunday when they attempted to storm a controversial exhibit of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.

Some drew parallels between that and the attack in January in Paris when two Islamist gunmen -- enraged by caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed -- attacked the offices of the magazine, killing 12 people.

"There is absolutely no comparison," Jean-Baptiste Thoret, the magazine's film critic who only avoided the attack because he had been late for work -- told Charlie Rose on PBS, according to an advance transcript Monday.

"You have a, as you said, a sort of anti-Islamic movement (in Texas)... the problem of Charlie Hebdo is absolutely not the same," added Thoret, flanked by Gerard Biard, chief editor of the magazine.

"It was just a question of criticizing, you know, all the kinds of religions, and not mentioning people in particular. It had nothing to do with that really."

Biard added: "We don't organize contests. We just do our work. We comment on the news. When Mohammed jumps out of the news, we draw Mohammed.

"But if he didn't, we didn't. We don't... We fight racism. And we have nothing to do with these people."

The duo also discussed the controversy over the PEN American Center's decision to honor their magazine, with more than 150 writers pulling out of the event saying the publication's cartoons are offensive.

"This award is given for courage, for the principle of freedom of speech," Thoret said.

"This award is not an award for the content of Charlie Hebdo."

© 2015 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • noe2chamberlain posted:

    on 6th May 2015, 22:13:40 - Reply

    No offense to represent the prophet Muhammad.
    This propaganda is recent and foment by religious fundamentalists extremists.
    For centuries, many depictions of Muhammad in Islamic literature, there has never been a problem. [edited]

    The role of journalists is not to legitimize extremist Muslim fundamentalist theses, repeating in the media, which is spread by ignorance.

    Regarding Charlie Weekly. Be clear!
    Charlie Hebdo is an anti-racist newspaper.
    Charlie Hebdo mocked the excesses of religious extremists.
    Charlie Hebdo ridiculed the abuse of power by politicians.
    Charlie Hebdo denounces social inequality (sexism, xenophobia)

    Charlie Hebdo is irreverent, uses wild humor, against the greed of powerful people, who have power over others.

    Following the abominable crime against Charlie Hebdo by extremists, newspapers that have not had the courage to publish, hiding behind a questionable pretext, made a foul against freedom of expression. This lack of solidarity in a democracy, reinforces harmful forces against a peaceful and healthy humanity.

    Cartoonists, executed not uttered no hatred, they were only satirical.

    Millions of French have manifested in the streets for freedom of expression, but also for love of these designers, known and appreciated, on television, in other newspapers or other media.

    The boycott of eminent authors, who do not participate, for "cultural intolerance" did not understand Charlie Hebdo. Instead of being prejudiced against Charlie Hebdo, they should come to Paris and talk with "SOS Rascime" , feminist leagues and organizations of human rights.