Macron Defends Charlie Hebdo as Trial Begins

  • Macron called the publication of such cartoons compatible with the French constitution and the right to freedom of expression and opinion
  • The charges related to this bloody attack are against 14 people
  • The magazine has reprinted the cartoons repeatedly

The trial of the accused in the case of the bloody attack on the office of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” began on Wednesday at 10:00 AM Central European Time. The charges related to this bloody attack are against fourteen people, who killed twelve on January 7, 2015.

A memorial in January marked the fifth anniversary of the deadly attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

It is said that these people, in collaboration with brothers (Said and Cherif Kouachi), attacked the office of Charlie Hebdo. The magazine reprinted cartoons of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. French President Emmanuel Macron called the publication of such cartoons compatible with the French Constitution and the right to freedom of expression and opinion.

“We will never lie down. We will never give up,” director Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau wrote in a Charlie Hebdo editorial. “The hatred that struck us is still there and, since 2015, it has taken the time to mutate, to change its appearance, to go unnoticed and to quietly continue its ruthless crusade,” he said.

At least 200 French citizens, including relatives and survivors of the terrorist attack, will witness the trial against the defendants in the bloody attack on Charlie Hebdo. During this trial, 150 experts and witnesses are expected to comment and testify about this terrorist attack.

Macron and Charlie Hebdo Attack Case

On Wednesday, AFP published a report on President Macron’s remarks on the right to freedom of expression in France. Speaking to Lebanese officials in Beirut, on the sidelines of a meeting with Lebanese officials on Tuesday, Macron told reporters that his role as president requires defending the freedom of thought and the right to “blasphemy” in France.

Macron has said that it is not the president’s job to judge the decision of the editorial board of the country’s newspapers and periodicals. The President of France has commemorated the men and women who died in the bloody attack in connection with the start of the trial of those accused of the terrorist attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo.

Publication of Cartoons of the Prophet of Islam

Lawyers for the victims enter the courtroom for the opening of the trial.

The publication editorial team wrote. “we have often been asked since January 2015 to print other caricatures of Mohammed.”

“We have always refused to do so, not because it is prohibited – the law allows us to do so – but because there was a need for a good reason to do it, a reason which has meaning and which brings something to the debate.”

The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has republished the cartoons of the Prophet of Islam at the same time as the trial of the accused in the case of the bloody attack on its office in Paris.

“All this was because of these few pictures!” reads the caption next to the cartoons printed on the front page of Charlie Hebdo. The extremist Islamist attack took place in response to the publication of cartoons.

Armed assailants, under the command of Said and Cherif Kouachi, attacked the publication’s office and opened fire on its journalists and colleagues. The attackers were killed in a clash with French police. Fourteen others are now on trial for supporting them and participating in the attack on Charlie Hebdo’s office.

Three of the defendants are not in court. According to intelligence reports, the three may have been killed in clashes in Syria and Iraq. However, an international arrest warrant has been issued against them.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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