Je Suis Charlie: Defending Freedom of Expression Depends on All of Us

I am not eloquent enough to express how I feel about recent events. My thoughts are not quite in order over it all. But this is beautiful. And honest. And right.
I am Charlie.
We are Charlie.

Josh Stearns

Photo by Valentina Calà, used via creative commons

When I heard about the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo I was speechless. I have been writing about press freedom and violence against journalists for half a decade, but in the wake of these killings words failed me.

Words did not fail others however.

Within an hour of hearing about the attack I saw the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie gaining traction online. A few hours after that, journalists in newsrooms around the globe began posting pictures of themselves holding Je Suis Charlie signs. And by that night people were in the streets from Paris to San Francisco chanting “Je Suis Charlie.”

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