Charlie Hebdo in the South African media

Many South African media organisations and journalists have renewed their focus on press freedom following the attack on January 7 2015 in which 12 people were killed at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices.

Read the articles below:

Mail and Guardian: Cartoonist Zapiro’s work is as important as ever following the Charlie Hebdo killings.

Cape Times cartoonist Dov Fedler weighs in on the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.

Business Day: Editors must edit without fear of being attacked according to journalism lecturer Anton Harber.

Financial Mail: The events in Paris are horrific, tragic, mesmerising and awful.It makes you wring your hands not just about terrorism, but about the nature of humanity itself.

Daily Maverick: After the shocking murder of journalists and innocent bystanders in Paris last week, many commentators have extolled the virtues of the unfettered right to freedom of expression. But freedom of expression is limited in all democracies.

SABC: Media commentator and Wits University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Tawana Kupe unpacks some of the reasons the media, including African media, focused on the Paris attack and almost turned a blind eye to the Nigeria massacre.

Independent Newspapers Online: The comparison between the massacres in Nigeria and the terror attacks in Paris is striking.

Pretoria News: Max du Preez argues that South Africans must not make the problems of the people of France their own and that Muslims are a key part of South African society.

SABC: The recent shooting in Paris, at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has spawned a debate regarding the freedom of expression and the responsibility thereof not to infringe on the human rights of others.

Eyewitness News: French citizens living in South Africa have added their voices to the chorus of condemnation regarding the Paris terrorist attacks that have rocked the French capital this week.

Jean-Jacques Cornish of Eyewitness News examines the difficulty and dangers associated with freedom of speech. The pen is mightier than the sword. Unless, as we saw in France last week, you happen to be holding the sword.

Independent Newspapers Online: Experts have praised the French police for their swift action in dealing with two hostage sieges this week. They are also confident that if South Africa was attacked by terrorists, the police and security personnel were equipped to effectively defuse the situation.

Mail and Guardian: South Africa’s Muslim Judicial Council said they condemn the attacks carried out in France, but there are limits to freedom of expression.

Independent Newspapers Online: The SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) expressed sympathy and solidarity with France following a spate of terrorist attacks last week.

Pretoria News: Paris marches, Nigeria burns.

Brandan Reynolds, cartoonist for the Sunday Independent, pays tribute to those who address critical societal issues through art.

They came in their millions to march in Paris and beyond to prove that they had not been cowed by the acts of a small band of murderous thugs acting in the name of religion. Daily Maverick contemplates the initial impact of this virtually unprecedented event.

Daily Maverick: Solidarity doesn’t begin and end with press freedom. We need to stand together against inequality a lot more than we are.

Daily Maverick: If you thought 17 dead in Paris was bad enough for one week, you were wrong. In Nigeria, more than 2,000 people are feared dead after Boko Haram launched its deadliest-ever attack on a strategic north-eastern town.

The Times: The murder of staff of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo demands the strongest condemnation as well as assurances of future protection of media freedom, South Africa’s best-known cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro said.

SABC: The South African media speaks out about the attack on the magazine.

Independent Online: The South African government (through the department of foreign affairs) has condemned an attack on French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, calling it barbaric.

SABC TV: Thandi Smith-Berry, South Africa’s policy head of Media Monitoring Africa, speaks about press freedom following the attack.

SABC TV: University of Witwatersrand Professor Anton Harber weighs in on the issue of press freedom.

City Press: The best way to honour those killed in the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s Paris office would be to campaign for freedom of expression around the world, the Cape Town Press Club has said.

SABC: The Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa has strongly condemned the attack.

Daily Maverick spoke to South African editors, and the country’s most famous cartoonist, to find out whether the Charlie Hebdo attack would make them less likely to take risks with provocative content in future.

SABC: Independent commentator and former diplomat, Tom Wheeler has advised satirists to use their discretion when ridiculing absurdities in society (SABC).

Daily Maverick: Journalists must write. Cartoonists must cartoon. Readers must read.

Daily Maverick: I am Charlie because 12 people were executed in cold blood.

Daily Maverick: Religion, and more specifically, Islam, is not the ‘problem’ here, extremism is.

The Star: In France, it was some Muslims; in Sri Lanka, Buddhists. It’s a reminder to resist blurring a faith and its more radical followers, writes Peter Fabricius (The Star).

Jacaranda FM: What is freedom of speech without the right to offend?

Jacaranda FM: Zapiro: Where do satirical cartoonists draw the line?

Jacaranda FM: The South African National Editors Forum responds to the attack in Paris.

Jacaranda FM: The South African government condemns the attack and offers its condolences to the people of France.

eNCA: When does freedom of expression become hate speech?

Daily Maverick: The media murder spree in Paris that left the world speechless took the lives of a dozen innocents. But it was not only an attack against people and the idea of freedom of speech, it was also a lethal shot at the idea of civilisation itself.

Daily Maverick: Freedom of speech ensures that nothing is sacred, especially the sacred.

Mail and Guardian: Freedom of speech, unlike unquestionable laws of religion, involves our ever-fluid interpretations, according to editor-in-chief Chris Roper.

Mail and Guardian: Let us all be Charlie – a new byword for global solidarity against the tyranny of fear.

Please note these articles and images do not reflect the views of the French Embassy in South Africa.

publie le 27/01/2015

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