Charlie Hebdo, hypocritical ‘solidarity’ by free speech violators

This video from France says about itself:

9 January 2015

Front National head Marine Le Pen arrived at the Elysée Palace in Paris, Friday for a meeting with French President Francois Hollande and other party leaders. They are due to discuss the recent massacre at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and subsequent manhunt for the killers.

If there is one person which French President Hollande should not have included in consultations or in ‘solidarity’ after the terrible violence against the Charlie Hebdo magazine people, then it is Ms Le Pen, abusing this tragedy for advocating her plans to make France a racist dictatorship and to make it the only country in the world, after Saudi Arabia, with the death penalty by beheading.

There are some more cases, a bit similar to Ms Le Pen in this.

From Twitter messages by Daniel Wickham in Britain today:

So here are some of the staunch defenders of the free press attending the solidarity rally in Paris today..

1) King Abdullah of Jordan, which last year sentenced a Palestinian journalist to 15 years in prison with hard labour

2) Prime Minister … Davutoglu of Turkey, which imprisons more journalists than any other country in the world

3) Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, whose forced killed 7 journalists in Gaza last yr (second highest after Syria)

4) Foreign Minister Shoukry of Egypt, which as well as A[l] J[azeera] staff has detained journalist Shawkan for around 500 days

7) The Foreign Minister of the UAE, which in 2013 held a journo incommunicado for a month on suspicion of MB links

9) The PMs of Georgia and Bulgaria, both of whom have a record of attacking & beating journos

10) The Attorney General of the US, where police in Ferguson have recently detained and assaulted Wash[ington] Post reporters

11) Prime Minister Samaras of Greece, where riot police beat & injured two journalists at a protest in June last year

12) Sec-Gen of NATO, who are yet to be held to account for deliberately bombing and killing 16 Serbian journos in ’99

13) President Keita of Mali, where journalists are expelled for covering human rights abuses

14) The Foreign Minister of Bahrain, 2nd biggest jailer of journos in the world per capita (they also torture them)

15) Sheikh Mohamed Ben Hamad Ben Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, which jailed a man for 15 ys for writing the Jasmine poem

16) Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who had several journalists jailed for insulting him in 2013

18) Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland, where “blasphemy” is considered a criminal offense

19) Prime Minister Kopacz of Poland, which raided a magazine to seize recordings embarrassing for the ruling party

20) PM Cameron of the UK, where authorities destroyed documents obtained by The Guardian and threatened prosecution

21) Saudi ambassador to France. The Saudis publicly flogged blogger for “insulting Islam” on Friday

There were some unlikely “Charlies” on today’s march for democracy and freedom – and the presence of leaders of countries known for repressing freedom of speech caused consternation among left-wing commentators and human-rights groups in France: here. And here. And here. And here.

Anderson Cooper: Paris world leader march was bogus, but Obama or Biden should have gone: here.

Paris shooting: JK Rowling condemns Rupert Murdoch over tweet blaming all Muslims for Charlie Hebdo deaths: here.

Charlie Hebdo shooting: Hamyd Mourad ‘in shock’ after wrongly linked to attack on newspaper: here.

The brutal assassination in Paris of the staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo led to expressions of grief and shock in Germany. Immediately, after news of this became known, a few hundred people gathered in front of the French embassy at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. They laid flowers and lit candles as a sign of solidarity and grief. For its part, the political establishment and media immediately exploited this widespread outrage for their own extremely reactionary political goals. This is presently concentrated on two demands: first, the call for the unity of all political parties and, secondly, the need for strengthening the security apparatus through the development of the intelligence agencies, an increased police presence and rearming at home and abroad: here.

Tens of thousands of people braved the elements in the eastern city of Dresden at the weekend to march in opposition to Islamophobia, calling for “open-mindedness and humanity.” They gathered in front of the city’s Frauenkirche (Cathedral of our Dear Lady) to condemn sentiments of xenophobia and racism that have been evident across many German cities in recent weeks stirred up by rallies organised by Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida): here.

The dehumanisation of Muslims became an essential weapon in the wars of Western governments, writes Ramzy Baroud. It is still not about Islam, even if the media and militants attacking Western targets say so. Actually, it never was. But it was important for many to conflate politics with religion, partly because it is convenient and self-validating: here.

13 thoughts on “Charlie Hebdo, hypocritical ‘solidarity’ by free speech violators

  1. She seems to have her head screwed on in the right direction, traditionally France has has had a history of beheading’s also the guillotine is more humane than the terrorists beheading’s, I suggest the French economy would be uplifted and get ahead if they had a export drive of guillotine’s to the Middle east.


  2. Do not forget primeminister of France himself, Manuel Valls who about a year ago put a ban on a spectacle of French Comedian…deeming it anti-semitic. The court later overruled the ban and the comedian could perform. But yesterday an investigation has been opened against the comedian apparently this time for glorifying the terrorists (?!?)….freedom of expression as long as you do not hurt the interests of the State you are living in.


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