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četrtek, 16 septembra, 2021

‘The Charlie Hebdo spirit has completely disappeared’

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdoexternal link survived the attack that decimated its editorial office in Paris on January 7, 2015.

But the “Charlie spirit” is dead, says Swiss press cartoonist Thierry Barrigue with the bitter observation that “Fear has triumphed”.

In the aftermath of the carnage that killed 12 members of the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo – as well as five others – the expression “I am Charlie” became a motto to defend freedom of expression.

But this moment of ephemeral communion quickly passed, strangled by the dictates of the internet and the difficulties of the press.

Thierry Barrigue, the founder of Vigousseexternal link, a satirical weekly in French-speaking Switzerland, is worried about the future of press cartoons.

 

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