China’s take on Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo

In the midst of debating over freedom of speech is important, Chinese media took advantage of the Charlie Hebdo situation and promote its own belief. Everyone was shocked with the shootings at Charlie Hebdo, Montrouge and the kosher market in Porte de Vincennes. It has been the bloodiest terrorist attack in France since the 1961 Vitry-Le-Francois train bombing. There were about 20 people dead from the recent shootings that occurred in France. Despite the public support towards the creator of what was deemed to be an offensive cartoon, Chinese media thinks that the cartoonists should be blamed. The Chinese even suggest for a restriction of freedom of speech in order to better protect the citizens. The government-run Xinhua News commented how Charlie Hebdo has been too persistent in mocking the Muslim extremists.

Increasing pluralism means the need to be careful over the things published

Increasing pluralism means the need to be careful over the things published

In the article released by the news agency, they say that due to the increasing pluralism in our community “freedom of press should be limited” and “for the sake of peaceful coexistence, there must be mutual respect”. They say how Charlie Hebdo is “unbridled, unprincipled, satire” and even argues that while “cartoons bring about laughter in people, firstly they should not hurt others”. The views of the Chinese media with regards to Charlie Hebdo are valid on some points. However it undermines the ability of satire to expose immorality in order to make people move and do something about the situation. The news agency misses the point of satire. Satire should be able to cut across people and in fact hurt people’s sensibilities in order to send its message. Although it is still contestable on whether or not Charlie Hebdo did the right thing. It is true that they have somehow go out of line towards the Muslim and in fact somehow bullied Muslim people. However this should not justify the attacks of the Muslim extremists towards them.

Images by Michel Euler and Conquer China